As a contribution to a series of events dedicated to the Centenary of Latvia in Korea and with the aim of providing a permanent and regular opportunity for those interested to learn the Latvian language, as from 2 March 2018, a leading higher education institution in the Republic of Korea, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, has launched two new subjects: “Baltic Studies” and “The Latvian Language”. These subjects are intended for the Bachelor programme students interested in Latvia and the Baltic region. The courses will be run in close cooperation with the Embassy of Latvia in the Republic of Korea and with support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia.
Baltic Studies have been particularly popular: this comprehensive course covers various aspects of the Baltic States, including history, culture, politics and economy. Alongside academic topics related to the region, the students will also have an opportunity to learn Latvian as a foreign language. Forty four Korean students have applied for Baltic Studies, while eleven young people have taken up the challenge of learning Latvian.
The introduction of the new study subjects confirms the increasing interest of Koreans in the Baltic region, which has been promoted by positive contacts between Latvia and Korea and the deepening of their cooperation in business, culture, education and other fields. The introduction of these subjects is expected to become a good basis for the establishment of a Baltic region research centre in the near future and even closer Latvian-Korean cooperation.
The subjects have been developed on the initiative of the Embassy of Latvia in the Republic of Korea in association with the Professor Song Hong of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia. To highlight the launch of studies in the new subjects, the Korean University of Foreign Studies hosted an official event at which the Ambassador of Latvia to the Republic of Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, delivered a lecture on Latvia to students and other audiences.
In addition to the Ambassador’s presentation, against the backdrop of the Winter Olympics and the Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang from 9.02 to 18.03.2018, an exhibition on Latvia’s athletic achievements, “Sports in Latvia”, and a photography exhibition of “Latvian Landscapes” were unveiled.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803