446 foreign scholarship students to graduate from S Korean schools this month


SEJONG, Aug 16 (APP/Yonhap): A batch of 446 international students on
scholarships invited by the government are set to graduate from 57 universities in South Korea this month, the Education Ministry said Wednesday.
The students hailing from 107 countries are split up into 32 students
in undergraduate courses and 414 in graduate courses.
Asian students topped the list with 199, followed by European students
with 93, African students with 87 and Central and South American students with 42.
Since 1967, South Korea has implemented an international educational
program called the Global Korea Scholarship to provide about 800 foreign students a year with the opportunity to seek degrees at the countries’ higher educational institutions.
The program has given birth to about 3,850 graduates including former
Ghanaian Employment and Social Welfare Minister Moses Aduku Asaga and Karl
Muller, a mechanical engineer who developed the Masai Barefoot Technology shoe in the late 1990s.
Among this year’s graduates is Badrul Alam from Bangladesh, who came
to South Korea while working as a university professor and earned a doctorate in agriculture at Kyungpook National University.
Egyptian student Sofia El Khouly, who is infatuated with Korean
calligraphy, received a master’s degree in design from Choongang University.
Huryk Nicholas Paul, an international student from the United States
and a Korean-American adoptee, acquired a master’s degree in international
development. The program helped him get to know his home country’s culture and language better, he said.
Choi Young-han, the senior official responsible for international
cooperation affairs at the ministry, expected that “the scholarship students will play a bigger role in promoting friendly relations between their home countries and South Korea as well as in developing their own countries.