Yeungnam University Park Chung-hee Graduate School of Saemaul, National and Regional Development Action Plan Competition Applied to the Saemaul Movement
International students from Tanzania, Costa Rica, Myanmar, etc. gather to share plans for community development
762 people from 70 countries around the world learned "Saemaeul Studies" and returned to work as experts in Saemaul International Development

Yeungnam University Graduate School of Park Chung-hee, National and Regional Development Action Plan Competition (Photo = Yeungnam University)
Yeungnam University Graduate School of Park Chung-hee, National and Regional Development Action Plan Competition (Photo = Yeungnam University)

Foreign students studying "Saemaeul Studies" in Korea have worked together to create a breeze for Saemaul development in their home country.

Yeungnam University's Park Chung-hee Saemaul Graduate School (President Lee Hee-wook) hosted the "National and Regional Development Action Plan Competition for Enrolled Students" on the 19th at 2 p.m. The theme of this year's competition, which is in its seventh year, is "establishing a development plan for each country using Korea's Saemaul Movement." It is a gathering place for international students attending Yeungnam University's Park Chung-hee Saemaul Graduate School to discuss national and regional development plans through the application of the Saemaul Movement to developing countries.

International students from Tanzania, Myanmar, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Malawi, Uganda, and Rwanda collaborated on action plan proposals and research reports for this competition. They chose specific areas to carry out the project, analyzed the current state and problems in the area, and announced the analysis results for specific project periods, budgets, and beneficiaries.

The competition focused on: Increasing the income of Mafia residents in Tanzania through the tourism industry; Disaster management in Pakoku-gun, Myanmar; Household waste management in Seribu National Park in Kepulauan, Indonesia; and Community cooperative for farmers' continuous livelihood in Malawi.

The SPPD team, which announced "strengthening youth capabilities in Puntarenas, Costa Rica," won the competition. "I was confident that the development of the Saemaul Movement would help develop my country and improve the quality of life," said Brose Chacon Vita Gloria (22, 3rd year Master of Public Policy Leadership at Park Jung-hee Graduate School). When I return to my home country after graduation, I want to work in a field that allows me to plan and implement regional development projects."

According to Lee Hee-wook, president of Yeungnam University's Graduate School of Saemaul, "This competition would have provided an opportunity for international students majoring in Saemaul and international development to apply their theoretical knowledge. We would have been able to develop working-level capabilities for promoting our own development projects in the future if we had established action plans for each country and shared cases from each country. The knowledge and experience gained at Yeungnam University's Park Chung-hee Saemaul Graduate School will help each country and community develop."

In November 2011, Yeungnam University established the Park Chung-hee Graduate School of Saemaul to develop global Saemaul leaders in developing countries. So far, 762 people have entered from 70 countries worldwide, including Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, with 682 receiving master's degrees from 65 countries and working as experts in Saemaul development and regional development all over the world.

Meanwhile, the 3700 International Rotary District's Cheongdo Rotary Club (Chairman Kim Geun-young) sponsored scholarships for foreign students who competed in the National and Regional Development Action Plan Competition at Park Chung-hee Saemaul Graduate School.

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