On December 13, 2016, the Korean Ministry of Education and Korean Council for University Education hosted the 1st Trilateral Rectors’ Forum (TRF) in Conrad Hotel in Seoul, ROK. The aim of the event convening university presidents from China, Japan and Korea. As a side event, a ceremony celebrating the launching of the full-fledged CAMPUS Asia Program. Over 170 university presidents, vice-presidents, professors, and staff members including representatives from the 17 original and new CAMPUS Asia consortia participated. TCS delegation headed by Secretary-General YANG Houlan participated in the event as an observer.
The event was opened by remarks from the Chairman of Korean Council for University Education Mr. HUH Hyangjin. Opening of the event was followed by congratulatory remarks by Chief of ROK MOE University Policy Office Mr. BAE Sung Geun, TCS Secretary-General YANG Houlan, and Japanese Ambassador to Korea Mr. NAGAMINE Yasumasa. During his congratulatory remark, SG Yang briefed the progress of trilateral education cooperation accelerated by the launching of the Trilateral Education Ministers Meeting in 2016. He particularly emphasized the significance of the CAMPUS Asia, and congratulated its continuation as a regular program as well as the successful organization of the 1st Trilateral Rectors’ Forum.
The Forum hosted two thematic sessions, with session 1 on mobility program and session 2 on global employability. Session 1 was moderated by Ms. YI Zhihong, the Vice President of Renmin University and participated by Director of UNECO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Mr. KIM Gwangjo, Ms. Joelle HIVONNET of EU Delegation to Korea, and NIAD-QE Vice President Mr. OKAMOTO Kazuo. Session 2 was led by Dongseo University President Mr. CHANG Jekuk, and joined by Naver I&S CEO Mr. KIM Jin Hee, Chief of Section for ESID at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Mr. WANG Libing, and Hanyang University Vice President Mr. LEE Ki-Jeong.
The 2nd Trilateral Rectors’ Forum will be held in Japan in 2017, as the event is organized by the host country of the Trilateral Education Ministers Meeting.
SG Yang delivering congratulatory remarks
SG Yang congratulating TRF hosts and guests