HKNU Korea’s HKNU representatives pose for a photo with Balanga City officials led by Mayor Francis S. Garcia (2nd from left, seated); Lim Seungwon, Head International Affairs of HKNU (leftmost beside Garcia); Sul Minsin, Vice President of HKNU; and Emmanuel Macaraeg, VP for Academic Affairs BPSU. (From left, standing) Noriel Dacion, PESO; Joselito Evangelista, Treasurer; Roneth Santos, MISO; April Lorelei Atcheco, administrator; Councilor Christian Manalaysay; Councilor Benigno Meriño; Tarra Ann Pagdanganan, CEEDO; Jacob Jeon, BPSU professor; Elsa Ilagan, CPDO; Lolita del Rosario, Coop; Edmer Fabian, CEIDO; and Cielito Tuazon, SP Secretary. Photo by Christian D. Supnad

Balanga LGU, Korea’s HKNU boost partnership

February 11, 2023 Christian D. Supnad 68 views

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – Local and education officials of this city led by Mayor Francis S. Garcia and the Korean’s Hankyong National University (HKNU) vowed to continue to expand their partnerships to support teaching and learning between the two institutions.

During their visit, representatives from HKNU led by Lim Seungwon, head of International Affairs of HKNU and Sul Minsin, vice president of HKNU were received by Garcia, together with other local and education officials.

Joining the Balanga mayor were Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) Vice President for Academic Affairs Emmanuel C. Macaraeg; Roneth Santos, head of MISO; and BPSU Professor Jeon Jaewoo.

In his remark, Councilor Benigno Meriño, chair of the Committee on Good Government and Ethics, emphasized the importance of making education “available to everyone” to raise its quality through collaborations like this one.

Chairperson on the Committee on Health Councilor Christian Manalaysay and Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) secretariat Celito Tuazon also expressed their solidarity and support for the undertaking.

City Education and Excellence Development Office (CEEDO) OIC Tarra Ann Pagdanganan acknowledged the assistance from city department heads led by Atty. April Atcheco, making the education system here more effective.

Also cited were the efforts in the internship that was conducted through a fruitful nine-day immersion program for South Korean students.

Meanwhile, Minsin complimented the city for its hospitality and spoke about its educational endeavors.

Therefore, an invitation was sent to Balanga LGU (local government unit) for the 2023 HKNU International Conference Commemoration for the Integrated Launch of Hankyong National University and the Korea National University of Welfare.

Balanga’s invitation is composed of selected presenters in the conference, expecting it to impart knowledge and skills gained through abundant field experiences.

In line with the city’s mission and vision to be a highly livable community and a smart university town, Garcia, in his message, stressed the needs of the student that are consistently being met today.

With 17 of 25 city barangays already having an operational learning hub, talent, and education are guaranteed as the city navigates the extremely technologically advanced and competitive world.