The Embassy of the Republic of Korea visited Iasi to attend the Opening Ceremony of the ‘ROK Center for Korean Studies of the Alexandra Ioan-Cuza University of Iași’. Taking this Opportunity, the Embassy also had a meeting with Mr. Mihai Chirica, Mayor of Iași, visited Antibiotice, the biggest pharmaceutical company of Romania, and delivered a lecture to the students of the Ioan-Cuza University.
With the presence of approximately 70 students of the Ioan-Cuza University, the Embassy delivered a lecture: “Introduction on KOR-RO relationship and Korea’s Soft Power”. As for the assets for Korea’s public diplomacy and soft power, Mr. Ambassador Kim Yong Ho mentioned the economic development, or the so-called “Miracle on the Han river”, abundant cultural contents including the K-Wave, and the dynamism of Korean citizens, who cannot stand the injustice and inequality of the society. Mr. Ambassador also had Q&A sessions and communicated with the students.
The Embassy was also invited to visit Antibiotice, one of the biggest pharmaceutical company in Romania. The Embassy was briefed on the current business status of the company and also had a chance to see the part of the actual production line. It was certain that the company was of excellent technology with international presence. The Embassy appreciates the hospitability shown by Mr. Ioan Nani, CEO of Antibiotice, and relevant personnels. We hope bilateral cooperation in the field of health and pharmaceutical business further develops in the future.
During the Meeting with Mr. Mihai Chirica, Mayor of Iași, ways to expand cooperation between universities and cities and increase presence of Korean companies to Iași were discussed.
Before the Opening Ceremony of the ROK Center for Korean Studies, the Embassy had a meeting with Mr. Tudorel Toader, rector of the Ioan-Cuza University. We discussed on the cooperation between Korean universities and Ioan-Cuza University, bilateral cooperation between two countries in education and culture. Also, Mr. Ambassador Kim Yong Ho expressed his appreciation on the University’s contribution on promoting Korean Studies and culture in Iași.
The Opening Ceremony of the ROK Center for Korean Studies took place on 22 October. Mr. Henri, vice rector of the Ioan-Cuza University, Mr. Ioan Constantin Lihaciu, Dean of the Faculty of Letters also attended the ceremony. Mr. Ambassador Kim Yong Ho congratulated the opening of the Center, and also hoped the cooperation between Korean universities and Ioan-Cuza University to expand. The center will not only organize events to introduce Korean culture, but also promote Korean Studies, by focusing on academic activities such as holding workshops and seminars, publishing academic journals, etc.
The visit to Iași was a great opportunity to witness students’ love for Korean culture and Iași’s reputation as the city of culture and education. The Korean Embassy will continue to promote Korean culture within Iași, collaborating with Ioan-Cuza University and its ROK Center for Korean Studies, and will also strengthen its cooperation with the Iași City.