Korean envoy visits AU; hand out books, multimedia learning materials


South Korean Ambassador to Bangladesh Lee Jang-keun visited Dhaka University on Wednesday and handed over 100 books and multimedia materials on Korea and Korean language learning at the University.

DU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman and Library Director Mr. Nasir Uddin Munsi were present.

The two sides agreed to further promote the collaborative activities between the Embassy and the University on the basis of the various successful cooperation programs that they have put in place over the past decades.

Congratulating the centenary of Dhaka University, Ambassador Lee also offered to work closely to strengthen Korea-Bangladesh ties, especially towards the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023.

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The Korea Corner was established at the University’s Central Library in July 2013 to promote academic interest in Korea and Korea-Bangladesh relations among University students, faculty members and the general public.

Over 1,000 books and audiovisual materials in Korean or English have been donated to the library so far.

While the university will reopen next week after a long period of closure due to the corona pandemic, the Korea Center expects to attract students again.

New books added to the library include Korean Literature Across the Korean Wave, Korea’s First Classical Literature Collection, Korean Literature Global Perspectives, A Concise History of Modern Korea, Korea: A Very Short Introduction.

Dhaka University also established a Korean Language Center as part of its Modern Language Institute (IML) in 1997 offering Korean language courses.

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About 150 students are enrolled in the Korean course each academic year. As K-pop, Kdrama, K-movie and K-food become popular in Bangladesh, many young people and students are showing increasing interest in learning the Korean language.

With the support of the Korean government through KOICA, the University of Dhaka is

Also creating a start-up center to promote startups and young entrepreneurs among young people in Bangladesh, which is slated to open in 2024.

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