SKKU's student council Swing has planned a project called “Asia Pioneer” to offer students an overseas experience of communication with local people. The project has a special meaning as it is the first time that SKKU ran this kind of project and has been conducted by a student body. The project was held in the Indochina Peninsula from August 7 to August 17. The project included two programs, one of which was visiting Kolao in Laos and signing a contract with students of the Korean Studies at Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM). Kolao is a company established by Se-young Oh who graduated from SKKU, and it has advanced into many parts of the market all across the Indochina Peninsula. Students had time to visit Kolao’s business headquarters and to meet with chairman Se-young Oh in person. In addition, VNU-HCM is the largest and most renowned university in Vietnam, and the first to establish Korean Studies as its undergraduate program. Students had an opportunity to improve their understanding of each other’s culture by participating in programs and games conducted by both the universities. Moreover, the chairman gave a speech encouraging students to go abroad in the future, and they felt satisfied communicating with the natives. One of the participants named Woo-young Kim said, “I learned that there are a variety of people in this wide world, and I felt grateful to the student body for providing us with this great chance.” She also displayed the expectation for Swing to continue this project for other students in the upcoming year.
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