Campus Asia Final Presentation Day

On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Korean, Japanese and Chinese students of CAMPUS Asia Program had a Final Presentation Day in Socheon Hall to finish the semester. In the event, Prof. Young Hae Han and Prof. Tae Kyoon Park, associate dean of GSIS, gave opening remarks. Students had Korean dance performance as an opening ceremony. During the presentation, students dealt with political, historical, social and economic issues between China-Japan-Korea. After each presentation, interacting discussion was held freely. At the end, the best 3 presentations were awarded with prizes.

Policy Directions of the MOSF for International Development Cooperation

On Thursday, December 3, 2015, Mr. Seoungho Jin, Director General for International Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance was invited to GSIS to give a lecture on the policy directions of the MOSF for international development cooperation. Mr. Jin introduced the current status of Korea's ODA policy and explained about the regional and sectoral allocation of Korea's ODA, and how Korea transformed from an ODA recipient country to a donor country. Mr. Jin then provided the students with some empirical examples of EDCF's development cooperation projects and showed policy directions of EDCF as well as those of KSP. The lecture concluded by underlining the increasing importance of private finance in international development cooperation. In the end of the lecture, Mr. Jin answered a few questions related to Korea's ODA/GNI target and the current budget cycle of international development cooperation.

Negotiations for a Strategic Economic Cooperation Agreement between Ecuador and Korea

On November 16th, 2015, Oscar Herrera, Ambassador of Ecuador in the Republic of Korea, was invited to share his insights on the negotiations for a Strategic Economic Cooperation Agreement (SECA) between the Republic of Ecuador and the Republic of Korea. By presenting a new concept, SECA, different from the existing Free Trade Agreements, Ambassador Herrera highlighted the internal decision-making process of each government, and elaborated negotiations followed to build up more balanced agreement between two countries. Marcelo Pazos. Commercial Counselor of Pro Ecuador in South Korea, suggested possible scenarios from his research conducted on the feasibility of SECA. As a former student of GSIS, Mr. Pazos led dynamic discussions with students who attended the lecture.

The EU and China: Awkward Partners in Changing Times

There was a special lecture held by Professor Thomas Christiansen from the Maastricht University on November 11th. The lecture covered characteristics between two grand actors in the international field of politics, the EU and China, mainly with the perspectives from the European countries. As one of the Union's core strategic partners, China has gradually gained European leaders' attention. The long ties between the two continents have started from the economic field - the trade partners per se - for the EU and China became surely the big economic actors in the global economic market. Although the economic connections still influence both actors the most, the hybrid characteristic of the Union is relatively influential, causing the tensions and relaxations.

Korea-U.S. Cooperation to Reshape East Asian Regional Architecture

On Wednesday, November 18th, GSIS has prepared a workshop on Korea-U.S. cooperation to reshape East Asian regional architecture with the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University. Distinguished Follows of APARC and specialists on U.S.-East Asia relations were invited to share their views. Prof. Gi-Wook Shin, director of APARC, gave opening remarks with Prof. Chong-Sup Kim, Dean of GSIS. The first session was focused on the possible adjustment of US foreign policy and diplomacy in Northeast Asia with regional partners. The second session was concerned in ‘US domestic politics and the development of the TPP regional trade agreement’. Students and scholars participated in the workshop and interacted with panelists of each session.

How to think and how to write

On November, 19th, 2015, the reporter Woo, Jong-guk from Korea Business week gave a lecture about “How to write and how to think.” He introduced the examples of splendid lectures and writings with the diverse substantial examples. And he gave five tips on how to write by subtracting a lot of unnecessary things, emphasizing that erasing part is the most important part.. Student asked about how to find the synonyms properly and he recommended to read various diverse materials. Another student requested to introduce good examples of self-introduction letter: He explained the good-quality of interview and writing.