On June 6th, 2014, the China (Chongqing)-ROK Friendship Week was officially kicked off at Chongqing University. This event was jointly initiated by Chongqing Municipal Government and Embassy of the Republic ofKorea in China . Chongqing University undertook three parts of the event, namely, the speech by Ambassador of the ROK to China, the “Small Korean Village” and an evening performance.
H.E. Mr. Kwon Youngse, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Embassy of the Republic of Korea , made his speech in the Minzhu Lake Lecture Hall. Before that, he met with CQU President Zhou Xuhong who briefed Mr. Ambassador of the history and status quo of the university and the exchanges and collaborations between Chongqing University and its counterparts in South Korea . In the meeting, President Zhou said that the sustained development of China-South Korea relationship has greatly boosted mutual exchange and cooperation in the field of higher education; he also expressed his hope that Mr. Ambassador would continuously support Chongqing University in the efforts to upgrade educational and cultural exchanges between China and South Korea.
H.E. Mr. Kwon Youngse gave praise for the academic accomplishments made by Chongqing University , and also mentioned that Chongqing once was the place where the provisional government of the Republic of Korea resided and this special relationship has brought Chongqing and South Korea closer to each other. Currently, cooperation and communication in economy, trade and education are thriving between the two sides. Embassy of the ROK in China will play a more enthusiastic role in these affairs and make greater contribution to enhancing the relationship between Chongqing and South Korea .
CQU Vice President Huang Zongming hosted the speech made by H.E. Mr. Kwon Youngse. In the welcome speech, CQU President Zhou Xuhong said that China and South Korea are close neighbors and have a lot in common; the two countries are economically inter-complemented and culturally integrated with each other; the “Korean Style” and the “Chinese Glamour” are popular in both countries and exchanges between universities are frequent and continuous. Chongqing University always attaches great importance to collaboration with higher learning institutes in South Korea and has by far signed cooperation agreements with seven Korean universities, including Busan National University , Konkuk University , Chungname National University , etc, covering students exchange and joint teaching programs. Currently there are many students from South Korea studying in Chongqing University . In his speech, President Zhou Xuhong also announced that the 6th China-South Korea University Presidents’ Forum will be held in Chongqing University this year which is a great opportunity to fully exploit the huge potential of exchange and cooperation between Chinese and South Korean universities and consolidate resources to promote the fusion of diversity and regional advantages of higher education centering on the new model of China-South Korea relationship, so as to further deepen higher education exchange and cooperation between the two countries and offer more opportunities for students from both sides.