Welcome HUFS’ freshmen of 2013!
On behalf of all the members of the HUFS family, I would like to sincerely congratulate you all for being a part of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. All of us at HUFS are delighted to meet new family members, and feel a sense of profound responsibility over your education and future. Established in 1954 under the motto of “Truth, Peace, Creativity”, our university has produced a large number of talents who have contributed a great deal to the social and economic development of our nation. The global power that HUFS is proud of has already been proven widely through its exchange agreements with about 500 universities and institutions in 80 countries around the world. It can also be seen in a broad human network of graduates all over the global community, and in the fact that our university has earned the best reputation in globalization in both internal and external evaluations of university performances.
Our reputation as a global university was even recognized by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. When he visited our university on March 26 last year to deliver a special lecture,
President Barack Obama complimented our university for having produced “leaders public servants, diplomats, businesspeople who’ve helped propel the modern miracle that is Korea.”
He proclaimed that we have “one of the world’s finest foreign language programs” and was proud to become an honorary alumnus of HUFS. To commemorate President Obama’s visit to our university, we named the auditorium in the Minerva Complex after his name as ‘Obama Hall’ last month.
Proud Freshmen of 2013!
Our university has the third largest foreign language teaching programs in the world. Based on the education of forty five foreign languages, we have been pursuing interdisciplinary communication and convergence among major fields of study, such as humanities, social sciences, business and economics, legal studies, science and engineering, etc.
Now you will experience HUFS education programs that are equipped with true spirit and sophisticated knowledge of globalization. Through the nation’s best overseas exchange programs we have established with 7+1 Study Abroad and Student Exchange Programs, and Internship Programs with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, KOTRA, and Korea Culture and Information Service, you will be able to study abroad at least once during your study periods at HUFS.
Freshmen of 2013!
We will do our best to support you, but at the same time we ask for a great deal of sweat and effort from you. No matter how great the facilities and programs are, it is your own will and effort through which you realize your dreams. Most of all, I strongly urge you to have passion. Passion is not a privilege of the youth, but a responsibility of an intellectual.
Now you have opened the door to a community that is committed to creating global talents. I wish all of you the most beautiful, meaningful and memorable time of your life here at the university.
As President Obama mentioned at the end of his speech at HUFS, I too would like to finish my words by saying, ‘No matter the test, no matter the trial, we stand together, we work together. We go together.’
President Park Chul
February 20, 2013