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Korean corner opens at UTB library

Lyna Mohamad

A ‘Korea Corner’ was launched at the Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) library yesterday, alongside a donation of books and educational media by the Korean Embassy in Brunei Darussalam.

UTB Vice Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman received the donation of some 160 books from Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Kim Soung-Eun.

“Through the pages of these books, our students and faculty will embark on a journey that transcends geographical boundaries, immersing themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Korean culture, traditions, and achievements,” said the vice-chancellor.

“This contribution will undoubtedly enrich the academic experience of our students, faculty, and researchers and the selections of books will help to promote the understanding between the two cultures and bringing the bilateral cooperation forward to a higher level,” she said.

The vice-chancellor expressed hope that there will be continued collaboration between the university and the embassy, and that UTB is committed to providing a holistic education that embraces cultural diversity and global perspectives.

ABOVE & BELOW: Universiti Tekonologi Brunei (UTB) Vice Chancellor Datin Paduka Professor Dr Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman with Korean Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Kim Soung-Eun at the launch of the Korea Corner in the UTB library. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

“Simultaneously, we believe in the importance of global exposure for our students, and thus, we facilitate opportunities for them to study abroad.”

Meanwhile, the Korean ambassador said education has long been a key pillar of cooperation between South Korea and Brunei.

“Both our nations value the importance of empowering young minds and equipping them with the tools they need to shape a better future. Today, we are here to strengthen that bond and deepen our friendship with the opening of the Korea Corner.

“By providing access to a wide range of books, DVDs and ornaments, the embassy aim to create an immersive environment where individuals can explore the diverse aspects of Korean culture, history, language, arts, and more”.

He said the Korea Corner will serve as a platform for Bruneians “to broaden their horizons and deepen their understanding of their shared humanity”.

The ambassador hoped that through the exchange of ideas and experiences, the Korea Corner will foster a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity and strengthen the friendship between the two countries. “I am confident that this donation will serve as a catalyst for further collaboration.

“Let us continue to nurture an environment where knowledge flows freely, transcending borders and enriching lives,” he added.