The government of South Korea is sponsoring 15 Ghanaians to pursue Masters Degree courses in South Korea, under the Global Korea Scholarship.
The courses include educational technology, film studies and production, marketing, soil and plant nutrition, international logistics, economics, chemical engineering, bio-industrial machinery engineering, natural sciences, and information communication engineering.
The South Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Woon-Ki Lyeo, at a pre departure reception organized by the Korean Embassy for the scholarship grantees, congratulated the beneficiaries, and urged them to effectively utilize the opportunity to develop their capacity to support national development.
“You should take advantage of every opportunity that comes with the scholarship package, make new friends from other parts of the world, visit exciting and interesting places, learn new languages, including the Korean language.
“It is my hope that you will come back with the Korean “can-do spirit” and contribute to national development,” he said.
Giving statistics on the scholarship, the Ambassador said a total of 77 Ghanaian students have so far benefitted from the Korean government’s scholarship programme since 1980, adding that and added that the number has been increasing steadily annually.
In 2013 and 2014, he said 17 and 15 students were granted scholarship respectively, compared to single digits in the years before.
“With this growing number of grantees and alumni, the scholarship body and the Korean government thought it wise to encourage beneficiaries to come together and form an alumni association. This will help provide a network opportunity among yourselves, share information and experiences, as well as cooperate with each other in various areas,” he said.
He indicated that the alumni association would also play a mentorship role for newly selected scholarship grantees before and during their studies in Korea about study plans and future careers.
Mr. Lyeo expressed the embassy’s readiness to offer the needed assistance and advised them to contact the embassy when necessary.
He urged them return home after their studies, and also join the alumni association and “contribute your quota to its growth and development in improving the bilateral relations between Ghana and Korea.”
The reception was also attended by some of the alumni association, who interacted with the new beneficiaries.
By Yaw Kyei