South Korea keen on better cultural ties with Qatar

July 22, 2011

South Korea, one of Qatar’s strong trading partners, is seeking enhanced cultural exchange with Doha, as part of its foreign policy to better understand the region and its ethos.

Six middle school students from the Asian country are now on a week-long visit to Qatar on “Global Youth Leader Training Programme’, to them to grow as global citizens under an initiative by Seoul Youth Centre for Cultural Exchange (MIZY Centre) and Seoul Metropolitan government.

During their stay here, the students will visit Aspire sports complex, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Fanar and Education City. The students’ mission is 80% funded by the provincial Seoul Metropolitan government.

“This experience (of touring Qatar’s different places of importance) will be an asset for these students in shaping and developing their visions and capacities as future leaders,” a spokesman for the MIZY Center, said, Gulf Times daily reported.

The six students were short listed from several applicants based on their interests and aptitude to learn new cultural environments.

“Upon the completion of the tour, a report will be submitted, which will form the base inputs for the country’s cultural exchange policy,” Douglas Yoo of MIZY Center, a graduate student majoring in the Arabic language and who headed the mission, said.

“The idea behind such a mission is a meeting of the minds,” Chang See-jeong, the South Korean ambassador, told the daily.

Seoul Metropolitan government executes this programme with the goal of building a foundation for intercultural exchange and raising global awareness among the youth.

Even though, many domestic and global organisations are in the forefront in youth business, it has not been enough so far for the youth to learn and experience at the international level, according to MIZY Center.

The ‘Global Youth Leader Training Programme’ provides the youth with an opportunity to gain first-hand experiences in current global issues.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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