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British Minister on Education Mission to Seoul
Bill Rammell MP, British Minister for Higher Education & Lifelong Learning

Bill Rammell MP, British Minister for Higher Education & Lifelong Learning will visit Korea this week accompanied by Vice Chancellors and Principals from some of the UK's top universities and further education colleges. The two-day visit, starting on Wednesday 30 May, will both promote the many opportunities for Koreans to study in the UK and strengthen links and partnerships between UK and Korean institutions.

The UK welcomes over 20,000 Koreans who come to study in the UK every year and the Minister is keen to see that number grow further. There has never been a better time for those who want to study overseas to 'Think UK.' British universities remain amongst the best in the world - the UK is rightly famous for its quality education and learning. Prestigious Chevening scholarships are available to exceptional students who wish to pursue postgraduate study in the UK. This year also sees the launch of a new scheme, which will allow Koreans who graduate from a UK educational institution to live and work in the UK for an additional year.

The Minister is also keen to develop closer co-operation between UK and Korean educational institutions. Minister Rammell will meet Vice Minister of Education Vice Lee Jong-seo and will open a roundtable discussion on developing links which will help institutions gain the edge in the increasingly competitive internationalised education market.

The Minister will also attend a reception at the British Council and give a speech on the theme 'Education in a globalised world' at Korea University.

Speaking before the visit Dr Ian Simm, Director of the British Council in Korea said:

"I am very pleased that our Minister is visiting Korea with such a senior delegation. Ties between the UK and Korea in education are already strong, and this visit is a demonstration of the importance that UK education institutions are placing on stronger links with their Korean counterparts."

For information on media opportunities please contact Jenny Hong, British Embassy Media Officer, Tel: 02 3210-5562, Hand-phone 019 361-7550.

Bill Rammell is the Minister of State for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education at the UK Department for Education and Skills.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Harlow in 1997. He was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tessa Jowell in June 2001, and promoted to Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office in October 2002. Bill Rammell also served on the Education and Employment Committee in 2000 and was also a member of a Select committee on European Scrutiny in 2001.

There are currently over 20,000 Korean students in the UK - including over 16,000 learning English, 4100 in higher education and 700 in further education.

Minister Rammell will be accompanied by the following delegation:

Prof Julia King, Vice-Chancellor Aston University
Prof Gordon Marshall, Vice-Chancellor University of Reading
Prof Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor University of Warwick
Prof Brian Cantor, Vice-Chancellor University of York
Prof Julian Crampton, Vice-Chancellor University of Brighton
Frank McLoughlin, Principal City and Islington College
Sally Dicketts, Principal Oxford and Cherwell Valley College
John Mountford, International Manager Sussex Downs College
Julie Peach, Director International Warwickshire College
Steve Corcoran, Director Applied Language Studies University of Chichester
Sue Bromby, Joint Chair English UK

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