-The Ministry of Education (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, KIM Sang-kon) and the National Institute of International Education (NIIED President, SONG Kidong) announced this year's graduation of 310 Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) scholars from 58 universities.
-Graduating GKS scholars are from 95 countries across the world, regionally from Asia (139 graduates, 45%), Europe (54 graduates, 17%), Africa (55 graduates, 18%), America (40 graduates, 13%), and Middle East (23 graduates, 7%). By majors, they are in liberal arts (197 graduates, 64%), engineering (90 graduates, 29%), and arts and physical education (23 graduates, 7%).
-The Ministry of Education and NIIED held a farewell party at the NIIED auditorium on February 20, 2018 to commemorate their graduation and wish their safe trip back to their home country.
-Swe Swe Aung (Myanmmar, Kyunghee University) expressed, "I was able to acquire Korean through the language course, and learn about Korean culture, tradition, and courtesy. I was lucky to be surrounded by benevolent people who supported me throughout the MA program."
-Shervin Hashemi (Iran, Seoul National University) who came to the farewell party to congratulate this year's graduates said, "Following the completion of the MA program as a 2011 GKS scholar, I was able to finish the doctoral program with much support of people around me. I feel honored to be a GKS scholar."
-The GKS program was first initiated in 1967. Its primarly aim is to support outstanding students from all across the globe in pursuing their undergraduate and graduate studies in Korea, and ultimately build a Korea-friendly global human network and bolster mutual cooperation between countries.
-About 4,200 GKS graduates have become influential leaders in political, financial, and academic fields, serving as professors, entrepreneurs, public officials, and so forth.
-CHOI Yeonghan, Director-General of the International Education Bureau indicated, "GKS scholars have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Korea through hard work, and as global leaders, I hope they would continue to pursue promoting positive relationships with Korea."
-He added, "the Ministry of Education and NIIED will support GKS in facilitating the program and strengthening the communication channel with alumni who have gone back to their home country through special envoys, alumni reunions, and invitational sessions."