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Strengthen educational exchanges and cooperation between UD and Daegu Metropolitan city, Korea Republic

 

On December 22, 2016, Representatives from the Education & Youth Policy division, International Affairs Office, Tourism division and Tourism Association of Daegu Metropolitan city has visited and worked with the University of Danang (UD).

Reportedly, 24 years ago (On December 22, 1992), Vietnam and Korea Republic officially established diplomatic relations.

As Daegu became sister city of Danang after officially establishing cooperative relations since 2014, two cities have implemented various cooperation programs in fields such as student exchanges, culture and arts, staff exchanges, etc.

” in 2017, in order to commemorate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Korea, Daegu city would like to carry out cooperative activities between Daegu and Danang. In addition, economic, cultural and educational exchange is top priorities in fostering relations between the two countries in general and two cities in particular” Mr. Kim Tagwan - Deputy Director of International Affairs Office shared at the meeting.

Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh - Vice President of UD discusses with Mr. Kim Tagwan - Deputy Director of the International Affairs Office

As of 2009, Daegu has 215 elementary schools, 123 middle schools including the Dong-Pyeong Middle School, and 91 high schools.There are two specialized public high schools which are Daegu Science High School and Taegu Foreign Language High School, and some other high schools such as Keisung Academy, Gyeongsin High School and Daeryun High School have good grades for university admission. Most of well-known high schools are located in Suseong-gu because its educational grade and zeal are high standard in the country.

Also, Daegu has 4 independent private high schools like Keisung Academy(also called Keisung High School), Gyeongsin High School, Gyeong-il Girl's High School, Daegun Catholic High School.

Daegu and its satellite towns are one of the areas which have the largest private higher educational institutions in Korea. Many of their main campuses are located in the nearby Gyeongsan city which serves the Daegu region as a college town. Kyungpook National University (KNU) is one of the most highly ranked and well organized national universities in Korea. It holds first place in and around the city in almost all of the fields. Daegu has two of the most prestigious private universities outside Seoul, Keimyung University and Yeungnam University. There are some smaller private universities such as Catholic University of Daegu and Daegu University.

The other partners from Koreainclude Daegu Arts University, Daegu Cyber University, Daegu Haany University, Daegu Health College, Daegu Mirae College, Daegu Polytechnic College, Daegu Technical College, Daegu University of Foreign Studies, Daeshin University, Keimyung University, Kyongbuk Science University, Kyongbuk University of Foreign Studies, Kyungil University, Taekyeung College, Yeungjin College, Yeungnam College of Science and Technology, and Youngnam Theological College and Seminary.

Delegates from Daegu at the meeting

As for educational exchanges between the two cities, Assoc.Prof. Doan Quang Vinh suggested some potential cooperation activities such as: organizing conference, seminars, academic forums; Student exchange; Co-organizing programs of cultural and language exchanges.

At the end, Ms. Ho Long Ngoc – Vice Director of International Cooperation Department – proposed to carry out staff exchange program for UD staff at Daege. It will be certainly a bridge to enhance mutual understanding between the two cities.

All delegates at the meeting

Mr. Kim Tagwan also highly appreciated the recent achievements in economic and social activites of Danang. That’s why many other cities of Korea are looking for opportunities with Danang. Therefore, this visit marked important significance in strengthening the friendship and cooperation ties between two sides.

Group Photo taking

Daegu Metropolitan Cityis a city in South Korea, the fourth largest after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon, and the third largest metropolitan area in the nationwith over 2.5 million residents. Daegu is the principal city of the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province. The two areas combined are often referred to as Daegu-Gyeongbuk, with a total population of over 5 million.

Daegu is located in south-eastern Korea about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the seacoast, near the Geumho River and its mainstream, Nakdong River in Gyeongsang-do. The Daegu basin, where the city lies, is the central plain of the Yeongnamregion. In ancient times, there was a proto-country named Jinhan, to which the current Daegu area belonged. Later Daegu was part of the Silla Kingdom which unified the Korean Peninsula. During the Joseon Dynasty period, the city was the capital of Gyeongsang-do which was one of the traditional eight provinces of the country.

Daegu was an economic motor of Korea during the 1960s–1980s period and was especially known for its electronics industry. The humid subtropical climate of Daegu is ideal for producing high quality apples, thus the nickname, "Apple City".Daegu is also known as "Textile City".Textile used to be the pillar industry of the city. With the establishment of the Daegu-Gyeongbuk Free Economic Zone, Daegu is currently focusing on fostering fashion and high-tech industries.

Daegu was the host city of the 22nd World Energy Congress of 2013, the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. It also hosted four matches in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

(Photo sources: http://webzine.koreaconvention.org/)

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