5 African students receive $186,000 of scholarship to Korean university

April 28, 2015
Duksung Women's University President Rhie Won-bok, fourth from left, and Beautiful Community Incorporated Association Chairman Park Myung-seok, fourth from right, pose with five African students during the Duksung-U.N. Women Global Partnership Scholarship award ceremony at the school's campus in central Seoul, Tuesday. The students in the front row received a combined total of 200 million won in scholarship. They are, from left, Mohammed Ousman Hassen, Negera Yacob Bizuneh, Damtew Makeda Bizuneh, Abera Meron Hailu, and Ninsiima Jolly. The scholarship is sponsored by Beautiful Community, a Seoul-based charity organization. (Courtesy of Duksung Women's University)

Duksung Women’s University President Rhie Won-bok, fourth from left, and Beautiful Community Incorporated Association Chairman Park Myung-seok,
fourth from right, pose with five African students during the Duksung-U.N. Women Global Partnership Scholarship award ceremony at the school’s campus in central Seoul, Tuesday. The students in the front row received a combined total of 200 million won in scholarship. They are, from left, Mohammed Ousman Hassen, Negera Yacob Bizuneh, Damtew Makeda Bizuneh, Abera Meron Hailu, and Ninsiima Jolly. The scholarship is sponsored by Beautiful Community, a Seoul-based charity organization.
(Courtesy of Duksung Women’s University)

By Chung Hyun-chae

Five African students received a combined total of 200 million won ($186,000) in scholarship Tuesday from Duksung Women’s University to support their master’s degree studies at its graduate school.

The Duksung-U.N. Women Global Partnership Scholarship is sponsored by the Beautiful Community Incorporated Association, a charity organization based in Seoul.

The students are taking part in Duksung’s global partnership program with U.N. Women, a U.N. agency for the empowerment of women.

The agency signed an agreement related to the program with Duksung in 2011. It is U.N. Women’s first partnership with a local university.

The U.N. Women selected the five students through examinations and interviews.

The recipients are Ninsiima Jolly from Rwanda and four Ethiopian students — Mohammed Ousman Hassen, Abera Meron Hailu, Negera Yacob Bizuneh and Damtew Makeda Bizuneh. Their majors include food science, textile design and Western painting.

“In the name of all my fellow students, I want to say thank you,” said Jolly, who started her master’s degree studies in food science at Duksung’s graduate school in March.

The scholarship covers tuition, dormitory expenses, air fare and living expenses. Classes are given in English for the African students.

After they finish their studies, they will go back to their countries and serve as professors.

“This scholarship gave us the chance to realize our dreams of becoming great artists and scientists. I personally want to be a distinguished female scientist in the future and hope to solve health problems and threats mankind faces today,” Jolly said.

Park Myung-seok, chairman of Beautiful Community, promised to provide strong and continuous support for more African students.

“I believe education is the key to changing Africa, rather than food and medical aid,” Park told The Korea Times. “How Korea with little natural resources has risen to one of the advanced countries with the power of education will be discussed and taught at Duksung.”

He said that Ethiopia is one of the countries that sent troops to fight for South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

“It is now our turn to help them,” Park said. “Korea could do so much to help the world become a better place with its own experience of moving from rags to riches.”

He also added that cultivating global-minded citizenship and cross-cultural competence at Duksung is vital for future career of the students.

“In the world where everything is interrelated, those who can think and act globally and cross-culturally will get more opportunities to succeed,” he said.

“I hope our relationship and friendship between Korea and Africa will continue in the long run,” Duksung Women’s University President Rhie Won-bok said. He is the author of “Far Countries, Neighboring Countries,” an educational cartoon series about world history.

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    April 13, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    This chance is nice for African women.

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