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Masters in Korean studies, an establishment of korea corner and a proposal to partner in nuclear science course at the University of Nairobi are among the issues that were discussed during a courtesy call by the Korean Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. In-taek Kim to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.

The government of Korea and the University of Nairobi have had a long relationship that has seen Korean studies in the department of Linguistics and Languages flourish. In a quest to expand the areas of the relationship and mutually benefit from it, a Masters in Korean studies has been proposed.

The government of Korea through its Embassy has pledged to help in facilitating the Korea corner that will be set up at the University of Nairobi.

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‘We would like to promote cultural exchange by having a Korea week, a full-fledged Korea corner and a launching ceremony.’ this was said by Mr. In-taek Kim

The Chairperson, Department of Linguistics and languages in Korean studies, Jane Oduor said that Korean studies is increasingly taking up more students and there is need for the facility and the Masters course to be established.

Further, a proposal to set up a Nuclear Science and Engineering programme through collaboration between the University of Nairobi, Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board and Korean University was discussed. College of Architecture and Engineering requested Korean University through the Embassy to provide thematic heads, lecturers of the programme and facilitate the Msc students to go to Korea for attachment.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mbithi said that it is important for the growing partnership to look into all the areas that need to be focused on for success in both the Masters and the Engineering programmes. He urged the chairman of the department and the principals involved to provide documentation to the management. The VC pledged his support to the collaboration.

The courtesy call took place early Friday morning, September 16, 2016 at the Vice Chancellor’s office.

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