By Lee Kyoung Mi and Lee Hana
Foreign exchange students who received degrees in Korea through the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) on Feb. 15 came together at a farewell ceremony hosted by the National Institute for International Education (NIIED) in Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do Province.
A combined 258 students from 86 countries including Indonesia, Tanzania and the U.K. received their diplomas after completing their studies at 56 institutions in Korea on scholarship.
“I’m thankful to the Korean government for giving me such beautiful memories. I will use my experience here to build bridges between Korea and my home country,” said Hishe Hintsa Fesseha from Ethiopia, who received a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Ajou University in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do Province.
Choi Eun-hee, a director-general at the Korean Ministry of Education, said, “GKS students are talented individuals who can deepen ties between Korea and the rest of the world. We will continue to expand our scholarship program to provide opportunities to more students in the future.”
Since its launch in 1967, the program has offered over 5,000 students from around the world the opportunity to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies at Korean institutions, with the aim of promoting international exchange in education and mutual friendship between countries.
More information on the GKS program can be found at the link below.