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UFFANS Holds Special Lecture Series
By Stella Jun
Staff Reporter
Members of UFFANS gather around United Nations head, Ban Ki-Moon, one of the co-founders of "MOFAT Camp for College Students"

The lecture took place in the Hall of Army at the area of the Ministry of Nat'l Defense and the main hall of Nat'l Assembly Library. The lectures held by five international relation experts and had national security, diplomacy, human rights, politics and future as subjects.

UFFANS, which was launched four years ago, is completely ran by students from different universities. Its operating contains of academic research and activities with 450students who previously completed 'MOFAT Camp for College Students,'a program that educates students with experts on diplomacy and foreign affairs.

"UFFANS is known for receiving high compliments from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, yearly, for its high quality education. Moreover, it consists of young leaders from Georgetown University, Oxford University, KAIST, Seoul University, China Diplomacy University, Paris Diplomacy University and 90 other worldwide universities that are deeply engraved in issues regarding peace, national security, diplomacy, and other international relations." said Lee Jong Hyun(Korea Univ. Graduate School of Int'l relation), president of UFFANS.

One of the aims of the forum is to help students to understand international society and relations between the Republic of Korea and the world. .The participants in UFFANS have put great efforts to tighten friendship and enhance mutual exchanges.

"To become a truly global university student that contributes to the development of both the nation and global by upholding its founding principles of 'Peace' " Lee further said.

Thanks to the efforts of such versatile persons like Lee, who has gotten deeply involved in many conferences, such as Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference, Industrial Innovation Forum, 2005 APEC Anti-Corruption & Transparency Symposium, who is National Red Cross' instructor, Youth Coordinator of U.S Embassy , and works for Embassy of Canada as a promoter, the university forum is getting much influential.

"And the members of UFFANS are now interning at the United Nations, White House, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Institute of Foreign Affairs & National Security, and National Assembly," Lee explained. "To make a safer, continuous, and affluent world, I know that young leaders from all over the globe will participate in the Global Youth Leadership Summit held in the UN head quarters in New York.

UFFANS is planning to hold an academic forum and issue a news paper celebrating the Day of Peace, United Nations Day, and the Global Youth Leadership Summit.

Through this we plan to train young leaders to lead this rapidly changing national security situation and mediate the continuous competition between nation states," Lee added.

On Nov. 29, the lecture series was placed in the Hall of Army at the Ministry of Nat'l Defense area. The first lecture (Security) was taken by Ph.D Jeon, Sung-Hun(a senior researcher of Korea Institute for Nat'l Unification), and the second lecture(Diplomacy) was taken by Ph.D Park, Tae-Woo(a professor of Taiwan Nat'l Chengchi Univ.).

On Dec. 1st, the lecture series was placed in the main hall of Nat'l Assembly Library. The first lecture (Human Rights) was scheduled by Ph.D Jeong, Mi-Kyung (the Planning Management Department of Korea Int'l Cooperation Agency), and the second lecture (Politics) was scheduled by Go, Jin-Hwa(the member of the Nat'l Assembly and Nat'l Policy Committee), and the last lecture(Future) was scheduled by Huh, Chang-Seong(the adviser of United Nations Univ. Millennium Project). Certificate was issued by the president of Korea Policy Ability Promotion Center for students who completed two days long lecture series. If necessary, special excuse note was given from Korea Policy Ability Promotion Center.

Sponsored by IFANS (Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security) and the National Assembly, 'Special Lecture Series' was expected to offer the broad view and information on current international issues for participants.

"Korean society is going through very exciting time. There are new faces coming up every year and it's constantly changing," said Lee. "But changes will bring prospecting hopes."

Stella Jun, who studied history at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, serves as staff reporter for The Seoul Times. She covers foreign community in Seoul. Her hobbies include cooking and listening to blues music.






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