On 8 March, the Ambassador of Latvia, Pēteris Vaivars visited the Korean central government’s administrative centre – Government Complex Sejong – where he had an introductory visit with Lee Joon-sik, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. During the meeting, the Ambassador recalled the agreement made by the Latvian and Korean Ministers of Education in the margins of ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) in Riga in 2015, when they reached an understanding on closer cooperation in exchange of students and researchers as well as in the teaching foreign languages.
Ambassador Vaivars said that Latvia is actively inviting Korean students to apply for scholarships and study in Latvia. The Deputy Prime Minister was presented with a relevant material in the Korean language and requested to disseminate this information via the Korean Ministry of Education to all who would be interested. The Ambassador expressed appreciation for the opening of the Korean Studies Centre at the University of Latvia this February.
The Deputy Prime Minister congratulated Latvia on the opening of an embassy in Seoul and the accreditation of its first resident Ambassador. The presence of the Latvian Embassy is expected to promote cooperation in education and science. Korea is interested in identifying common interests and sharing experience with Latvia. Two students from Latvia with Korean Government scholarships are currently studying in Korea; however, this number can be increased since foreign students are offered 800 places under the annual scholarship programme.
During their conversation, they agreed to move forward with the organisation of an expert discussion on the launching of cooperation on specific projects in the field of science.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
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