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HUFS Signs MOU with WVSU of Philippines
Philippine Amb. Luis T. Cruz Attends MOU Ceremony
Photo shows officials who witnessed the MOA signing. From left to right (standing) Dr. Jeong Hwan Shin (HUFS' Director of Public Relations),Dr. Gang Woong Lee (HUFS' Dean of Academic Affairs at Yong-in Campus, Dr. In Chul Kim (HUFS' Dean of Academic Affairs at Seoul Campus), Dr. Myoung Ho Lee (HUFS Vice President), Dr. In Young Lee (HUFS Vice President of External Affairs and Development)), Professor Sharon Quimpo (WVSU Director), Dr. Luz Suplico (HUFS Professor), Consul Juan Dayang, Jr. of the Philippine Embassy, Dr. Bobby Gerardo (WVSU Director).Seated from left to right are Dr. Park Chul, HUFS President, Dr. Ramon Zarceno, WVSU Vice President and Ambassador Luis T. Cruz of the Philippine Embassy in South Korea.

HUFS and WVSU Promote Academic Cooperation. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) and West Visayas State University signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote academic exchange in Seoul on May 28, 2008 .

Vice President Dr. Ramon Zarceno of West Visayas State University (WVSU) in Iloilo, Philippines and President Park Chul of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul, South Korea signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote academic cooperation last May 28, 2008 in Seoul. Dr. Bobby Gerardo, Director for Planning and Development and Sharon Quimpo, Director of WVSU Language Center, joined Vice President Zarceno during the MOA signing. Ambassador Luis Cruz, Consul Jed Dayang and Cultural Attache Mylo Fausto from the Philippine Embassy in Seoul witnessed the MOU signing. The HUFS officials who attended the MOU signing included Dr. Myoung Ho Lee, Vice President, Dr. In Young Lee, Vice President of External Affairs and Development, Dr. In Chul Kim, Dean of Academic Affairs at Seoul Campus, Dr. Gang Woong Lee (HUFS' Dean of Academic Affairs at Yong-in Campus and Dr. Jeong Hwan Shin (Director of Public Relations). Dr. Luz Suplico, who teaches marketing at Business Administration in HUFS also attended the MOA signing.

The MOA specifies student and faculty exchanges. According to Ambassador Cruz, this MOA signing is crucial as there were 111,000 South Korean students who came to the Philippines in 2007 to study English. He expects the number of South Korean students to grow with the opening of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Korea Center in August 2008 in Seoul. Ambassador Cruz said that the ASEAN-Korea Center will promote trade, investment, tourism and education. He says, "If there's a student who wants to study in the Philippines, the student can either visit the Philippine Embassy or the ASEAN-Korea Center." Ambassador Cruz urged HUFS and WVSU to link with the ASEAN-Korea Center.

According to a local daily, South Korea tops the number of tourists, investors and foreign students enrolled in English as a second language in the Philippines. As the number one tourists in the Philippines in terms of numbers, South Korea has displaced the United States and Japan.

The MOA signing is part of HUFS initiatives to become a global university. HUFS has agreements with 194 universities in 63 countries. A private university, HUFS is one of South Korea's best universities known for foreign languages. Most of HUFS' graduates become South Korea's diplomats. Meanwhile, WVSU is known for its language center which has been a top choice of South Korean students who want to study outside Manila.






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