- Donated 50 million won to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Korea Aerospace University... Honors Club rises by achieving 100 million won in accumulated donations

Korea Aerospace University President Huh Hee-young (left) and Kim Woo-jae (right) pose for a commemorative photo at the donation ceremony for the development fund of Mugunghwa Distribution Group, Chairman Kim Woo-jae, honorary chairman of the World-OKTA (Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace University)
Korea Aerospace University President Huh Hee-young (left) and Kim Woo-jae (right) pose for a commemorative photo at the donation ceremony for the development fund of Mugunghwa Distribution Group, Chairman Kim Woo-jae, honorary chairman of the World-OKTA (Photo courtesy of Korea Aerospace University)

Kim Woo-jae, chairman of the Mugunghwa Distribution Group, who served as the 17th president of the World-OKTA and co-chair of the World Korean Business Convention, donated 50 million won to his alma mater, Korea Aerospace University, on the 9th. With this donation, Chairman Kim Woo-jae, who is the 61st student of Korea Air University's Communication Control Department and the 17th president of the alumni association, will be listed in the 'The K Honors Club', a group of donors with accumulated donations of more than 100 million won at Korea Aviation University.

After graduating from Korea Aerospace University, Chairman Kim Woo-jae worked for Korean Air for 10 years before moving to Indonesia. He started a log development project in the jungle of Kalimantan, the largest log producer in Indonesia, but experienced the first failure due to the Indonesian government's log export ban. However, he did not give up and succeeded in reviving as a food business, and now he has a distribution chain across Indonesia and is running the ‘Mugunghwa Distribution Group’, which covers trade, tourism, construction, and real estate, centering on Mugunghwa Distribution, which supplies Korean food.

The secret to the success of Chairman Kim Woo-jae’s business was ‘people’. He had the confidence that ‘I can blend well with any society and with any person’, and he blended well with Indonesian locals than anyone else. Whenever there was a water crisis in the area, emergency food was sent in rubber boats, and he built good friendships with the soldiers during the military rule. Thanks to this, even though foreign companies were the main targets of attack during the Jakarta riots in May 1998, we were able to safely overcome the crisis and rescue Koreans. When he served as president of the World Korean Trade Association, the world's largest overseas Korean economic group, he educated the next generation of Korean businesspeople who are active around the world and helped them to network. A devout Catholic, he also established the Mugunghwa Foundation and the Mugunghwa Society to support children with heart disease and Hansen people. In this way, Chairman Kim Woo-jae, who connected people and helped others through that connection, was recognized for his work and was awarded the Order of Welfare and Welfare in Indonesia and the Order of National Merit of the Republic of Korea Camellia Medal.

Chairman Kim Woo-jae, who is still working in the field even though he is approaching eighty soon, is also a poet who received the monthly literary-based New Artist Award in 2019 and published his first collection of poems, <Mugunghwa Blooms> in 2021. <The Flower of Mugunghwa Blooms> is a memoir-like collection of poems about his life. With the title of Mugunghwa, meaning motherland, and Mugunghwa, which blooms again even after losing and losing, it contains the life of Chairman Kim Woo-jae, who has blossomed for a long time and with sincerity. Mugunghwa was a promise to himself saying that "I will live as a proud Korean wherever I go."

Chairman Kim Woo-jae, who visited his alma mater on the 9th, met with President Hee-young Heo of Korea Aerospace University and delivered the development funds directly. “I am grateful that the school is developing day by day, and as the 17th president of the alumni association, I made the donation with the hope that it would be of great help to the development of the school,” he said. 

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