From July 28th to August 9th, Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomed a group of Korean students from our partner university Kyung Hee University, located in Seoul, Korea, to participate in the United Nations and its Partners Summer Seminar at FDU’s Madison campus.
The 10 students were greeted on their second day by Ambassador Ahmad Kamal, former ambassador to the United Nations from Pakistan. He is most notably known for his diplomatic work at the UN, where he held many high-ranking positions such as Vice President of the General Assembly, and was also the chief negotiator of Pakistan in the Uruguay Round negotiations which led to the establishment of the World Trade Organization. Ambassador Kamal spoke to the Korean students on a number of important topics in lecture throughout the day, ranging from an introduction to the United Nations, to the governance of global sectors in economics, the environment, science, and security.
On the second day of their lectures and activities, students were greeted by Fairleigh Dickinson’s Jason Scorza, Kyung Hee’s Stephen Park, and Felician College’s Mary Norton. They led the Korean students in a lecture on the emerging role of higher education in the global agenda in talking about the many resources and opportunities higher education can provide to students to increase their global capacity, and how higher education can be used as a gateway to talking about serious international issues.
Afterwards, students were led in another lecture by Soon-Young Yoon, a UN Representative of the International Alliance of Women in New York. She is chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York, and has worked with UNICEF in Southeast Asia and the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia in New Delhi. Ms. Yoon lectured on multi-sectoral responses to global challenges, to give the students an idea of all the different actions and perspective through which global issues can be addressed.
Students workshopped with Mr. Ramu Damodaran, Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement in the United Nations Department of Public Information's Outreach Division, where hey learned the important academic applications and impacts of the United Nations. They went on to learn about the Global Compact, and were toured around the United Nations. The students had the privilege of visiting two companies that are members of the Global Compact — BASF, the largest chemical manufacturing company in the world, and Daewoo International in Teaneck, Korea’s largest trading company and subsidiary of POSCO. Mr. Amir Dossal, founder and chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, spoke to students about the United Nations and its Partners, the essential theme of the seminar.
The Korean students went on to complete the Emerging Global Leaders Seminar (EGLS), also hosted at FDU’s Madison Campus, from August 2nd to the 5th, after which they had time to work on their final presentations, and explore some of the nearby attractions in New York.
Friday, September 19, 2014