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HUFS hosts Students’ UN Session, hears lecture on Visegrad GroupHankook University of Foreign Studies carries nickname of ‘Little UN’

Hankook University of Foreign Studies carries nickname of ‘Little UN’

HUFS hosts Students’ UN Session, hears lecture on Visegrad Group

The Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in Seoul carries a nickname which everyone nods. It is “Little UN.” Befitting the alias, the University has students from all parts of the world and hosts events that are “Little UN.’

▲Ambassadors, students and other participants at Vice Minister Burian’s lecture

On March 16-20, 2015, HUFS co-hosted with Harvard University of the United States a “WorldMUN Seoul 2015”at KINTEX on the northern outskirts of Seoul with the participation of students from a total of 120 different countries of the world.
Some 240 students from thesecountries discuss a wide variety of issues faced by the world today, which included “How the recipient countries of the IMF emergency loans should carry out deregulation” with special emphasis on the cases of Greece and Portugal.”
On the same opening day, there was another meaningful meeting at the Yongin Campus of HUFS on March 16. It was an important lecture given by Vice Minister Peter Burian of the Slovak Republic on the topic of “Visegrad Group” which was attended by leaders of HUFS as well as Ambassador Milan Lajciak of Slovakia and a number of other ambassadors including AmbassadorsKrzysztof Majka of Poland, Tomas Husak of the Czech Republic and Gabor Csaba of Hungary. From the Slovak side where also were Director Stanislav Opiela of the Office of the Minister of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, Director Stanislav Opiela of the Office of the Minister of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, Director IVF K. Wursterova and Consul R. Maxian.

▲From left: Ambassador Milan Lajciak of Slovakia in Seoul, Vice Minister Peter Burian, Vice President Lee Bo-hwa of HUFS, Director IVF K. Wursterova,Director Stanislav Opiela of the Office of the Minister of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, and Consul R. Maxian and General Manager Lee Song-Keun of HUFS

From the HUFS cameVice President Lee Bo-Hwa, Chair Kim Inchon of the Department of Czech and Slovak Studies, Professor Yoo Sunbi of the Department of Czech and Slovak Studies, Dean Lee Jae-won of the Academic Affairs and Dean Kwon Hyok-Jae of the College of Central and East European Studies.
The Visegrad Group, also called the Visegrad Four, or V4 is an alliance of four Central European states ? Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Poland and Slovakia ? for the purposes of furthering their European integration as well as advancing their military, economic and energy cooperation with one another [citation needed]. The Group’s name in the languages of the four countries is Visegradska ctyrka or Visegradska skupina (Czech): Visegradi Egyuttmukodes or Visegradi negyek (Hungarian): Grupa Wyszehradzka (Polish): and Vysehradska skupina or Vysehradska stvorka (Slovak). It used to be sometimes referred to as the Visegrad Triangle, since it was an alliance of three states at the beginning ? the term is not valid now, but appears sometimes even after all the years since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993.

▲Second Vice Minister Cho Tae-yul of Foreign Affairs and President Kim Inchul of HUFS (third and first from right) with other leaders of the University and civic figures.

▲Students from Harvard University taking part in the WorldMUN

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