On September 28 and 29, a delegation from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) was visiting RTU to get acquainted with RTU’s infrastructure, discuss cooperation opportunities as well as sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
During the visit, Professors from the KDI School delivered two guest lectures, during which RTU students and staff members were able to find out more about both the study programs offered by KDI School, as well as the Korean economic development and history. The Professors also presented their research on Samsung’s operations in Vietnam, demonstrating how the entry of a large foreign enterprise influences employment and gender balance in the labor market of a country.
The representatives of KDI School met with the management and teaching staff of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management to discuss the opportunities of creating a joint master's degree as well as other potential cooperation directions. During a discussion with the International Projects Unit of the International Cooperation and Foreign Students Department of RTU, ideas for joint projects were outlined and participation in the Erasmus+ KA171 mobility project, promoting the exchange of students and staff between the two universities, was discussed.
The guests from KDI School also visited the Korea Corner in the RTU Science Library, where informational materials about study opportunities at the KDI School are now available, and met with the head of the King Sejong Institute (KSI) Mr Jong Soo Kang to come up with new ideas for promoting KSI students' understanding of Korean language and culture, and to diversify the program offered by the institute.
On Friday, KDI School representatives met with RTU Rector, who emphasized RTU's interest in cooperating with universities and research institutions from South Korea, gaining more knowledge about the country's miraculous and rapid economic development. When signing the Memorandum of Understanding, representatives of both RTU and KDI School repeatedly emphasized the mutual desire to cooperate both in studies and research. At the end of the visit, our guests had the opportunity to participate in RTU's Guinness record attempt, breaking the previous record for the «Biggest Brainstorm in the World».
As informed earlier, Korea Development Institute (KDI) is the leading think tank in Asia and in 2016 was ranked as the 6th think tank in the world, among non-US Institutes (2016 Global Go To Think Tank Rankings, Univ. of Pennsylvania). In 1997, KDI founded the KDI School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School; KDIS), to educate and develop the next generation of leaders in a rapidly changing global economy. Since its foundation KDIS has developed an innovative education program focusing on international policy, equipping students with new knowledge and a global perspective. The curriculum relies on the research and resources of KDI. KDIS offers Master and PhD level studies in three main study areas: Public Policy, Development Policy and Public Management.