An intense trip to Korea

IMG_3076Last week I visited the Republic of Korea together with the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Mr Urban Ahlin, and management and researcher representatives from Lund and other Swedish Universities. On the program was the first seminar of a series called Swedish Academic Collaboration Forum, the 2015 K.E.Y. Platform event, a very informative visit to the DMZ, alumni and student activities. In my capacity as U21 Executive Director I also had the pleasure of meeting with the President of Korea University.  All in all, some 40 Swedish researchers visited to meet with Korean colleagues in a series of interdisciplinary panel debates and seminars where issues regarding creativity and innovation, environment and welfare were high on the agenda.

Korea is among those countries with the largest number of young people going on to study at university and is preceded only by China and India when it comes to the number of students applying for studies abroad. Yet relatively few of these students come to Sweden. Four Korean students therefore got a scholarship which enables them to study in four different institutions in Sweden, one of them coming to Lund! See photo above.  While in Korea, Lund University, together with the other Swedish universities present, organized a student event to attract Korean students to study in Sweden. At this event I had the pleasure of welcoming Korean students who already have been admitted to Swedish universities this autumn to Sweden, and talk with Korean alumni students who had studied in our institutions.  The alumni and student event was an informal get-together with lots of anecdotes of Swedish student life being told. A nice evening spent with the best we have: our students!

In the session on Practical Creativity Education during the K.E.Y. platform event the organizers brought forward the idea that a cultural foundation is a key element in strengthening or weakening the execution power for innovation. Such culture can be created, maintained and improved through education. It is believed that the education systems in Nordic countries, particularly in the higher education system in Sweden, incorporate both creativity and practicality and can serve as a model for Korea.

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