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Submitted by Jaehoon RHEE on
Dear President Kim As you are very aware of, only 50 years ago, Korea was one of the poorest nations in the world with its people suffering from dire poverty. Park, Chung Hee, former President of the Republic of Korea led this small Asian country into an unprecedented era of modernization. The Saemaul Undong, the driving force of Korea’s economic development, has been drawing attention from international organizations and developing countries as an outstanding role model for economic development. You have also emphasized the lessons that developing countries can learn from Korea and the excellence of its move from an agrarian to an industrialized modern society. In the past, Korea was often represented as an archetypal basket case. However, people were inspired by the Saemaul Undong under the slogan, “We’ll make it if we try! We can do it! Let’s improve our lives!” The world’s poorest nation was transformed in only a few decades into an industrial powerhouse taking a leading role globally. I am very sure that the Saemaul Undong can still inspire developing countries working along with the Korean Wave. Our Park Chung Hee School of Policy and Saemaul at Yeungnam Univerisyt is a professional educational and research institute which fosters practical and theoretical talents by offering professional and hands-on curriculum-based know-how from 35 years of research and education in the field of Saemaul Undong. It focuses on emphasizing such Knowledge Sharing Program as Saemaul Undong. Our School’s slogan is “Think New, Act Together, Share Globally.” That is, ‘Saemaul Undong is for everyone’. I found that the JJ/WBGSP, one of the scholarship programs run by your World Bank Iintitute, is contributing to the economic development of poorer countries by nurturing human resources in the field of economic and social development. These goals match the vision and strategy of our School. Therefore, I would like to suggest that our PSPS of Yeungnam University be permitted to conduct a part of the JJ/WBGSP Program. I sincerely hope that the master’s program which our PSPS offers will be designated as a component in the partnership program of your excellent JJ/WBGSP Program. This will allow us to continue to lead the glocalization of the Saemaul Undong together with the World Bank and contribute to the development of sustainable solutions for poverty and co-prosperity across the global community.

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