Ambassador Lee Yun-young of the Republic of Korea Delivered a Lecture in AIUB

It was an honor and a privileged to have His Excellency Ambassador Lee Yun-young as the distinguished guest lecturer in the Summer  2013-2014 edition of the Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series. This professional development program of AIUB was established in 2008 in honor of the Founder and Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB).  The Lecture Series invite prominent and distinguished personalities from different sectors of Bangladesh to speak before the students, faculty and the academic community as a whole. It has so far featured more than 20 individuals from various sectors like Foreign Service, Justice, Military, Business, Academia and Government.

Ambassador Lee Yun-young delivered a lecture on “All About Korea and Korea-Bangladesh Relations”. His presentation  was made in 2 parts: video presentation and the power point presentation. The first part was indeed inspiring and moving as it chronicles the devastations the country has experienced during the World War II and the War between the two Koreas. The ruins were massive both in lives and properties  but with the determination of the people and leaders to rise up, South Korea became a world leading economy and a modern metropolis. The second part of the presentation is a lecture on how the country has pursued their recovery and development applying various ways with strong determination and perseverance. There strategies for massive development can be a working model for the other societies to follow or reflect on. The economic stability and continuous patronage of their world class products enable the country to share their resources both technical, material and financial to countries in need of assistance  all over the world. Bangladesh is one of those  recipients  of a number of development projects through bilateral agreements,  business and educational partnerships. He enumerated and described these projects both existing and future interventions. He mentioned that AIUB can be a strong partner with Korean higher education institutions and try to work out also as a recipient of educational projects of the government of the Republic of Korea.

After the lecture, a brief intellectual exchange between the Lecturer and the audience followed. The students from the Performance Arts Club offered a folk dance. As a whole, the students, faculty and management expressed profound appreciation and thanks to His Excellency who made once again the Dr. Anwarul Abedin Lecture Series prestigious and successful platform of knowledge.  As a sign of gratitude, a Crest was presented to him by Prof. Dr. Charles C. Villanueva the Pro Vice Chancellor of AIUB along with the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Siddique Hossain, Dean Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Tazul Islam, Asso. Dean, Program Directors, Department Heads and faculty members like Mr. Nadeem Chowdhury who did the honor of introducing His Excellency to the audience.  Ms. Farheen Hassan was the Master of Ceremony of the  program.