Korea joins the International Campus

On Monday 17th March 2014, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea, the association, “Residence of Korea on the International University Campus in Paris”, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris and of the International Campus in Paris have signed an agreement concerning the construction of the Maison de la Corée.


by Alexandra BITMIGNON

From right to left: Marcel POCHARD, President of the International Campus; François WEIL, Rector of the Academy, Chancellor of the Universities of Paris; Seung Il NA, Korean Deputy Minister for Education; Mun Seok KIM, Secretary General of the association "Residence of Korea on the International University Campus in Paris"

Now ranked third in the world as a host country for foreign students, France welcomed 2,700 South Korean students in 2013. This agreement affirms the mutual willingness of France and the Republic of Korea affirm their mutual willingness to promote and develop academic and cultural cooperation between the two countries by developing facilities for hosting Korean students and researchers in Paris. The construction of the Maison de la Corée on the International Campus is a major commitment by the Republic of Korea towards this goal. It will constitute a reference point for Korea’s academic and cultural expansion in the Ile-de-France and will promote the diffusion of the Korean language and culture among the Parisian public.

The first national residence since 1969

The Maison de la Corée will be the first new national residence on the International Campus since 1969. There are currently 25 national residences on the Campus and, now, most exceptionally, the Campus has been given the opportunity to welcome three new countries. Korea is the first country to commit itself to this project. Under the terms of this agreement, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris is putting a site, 2,600 m2 in extent, at the disposal of Korea. Korea, for its part, will assume responsibility for the construction of the residence, with the support of the Korean foundation responsible for student accommodation. The building of the Maison de la Corée forms part of the International Campus Development Project, which anticipates 1,800 new lodgings on the site by 2020. These new construction projects are part of the overall framework of a land management plan for the International Campus parkland, the work for which is financed by Plan Campus loans, testifying to commitment of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research to the provision of more student accommodation.

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