Minister Joyce with an alumni recipient
Minister Joyce with an alumni recipient

The vibrancy of the Korea-New Zealand education relationship was on show at a lively education-focused reception during Minister Joyce’s visit to Seoul.

Guests included rappers Microdot and Sanchez, who spoke with affection of their time studying in Auckland before returning to Korea where they have since topped the charts.

Game on English Golf scholarship recipient, Kim So-jung, who had been awarded the scholarship by Minister Joyce during his previous visit to Korea, also attended as did two tertiary students who are currently studying in Korea as part of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia programme, demonstrating that education exchanges are two-way.

The Minister used the occasion to thank those present for maintaining their ties with New Zealand and being valuable ambassadors for the country and its education system.

While in Seoul, Minister Joyce also met with Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Lee Joon-sik to discuss ways of enhancing education links between the two countries.

Korea was New Zealand’s fourth-largest source of international students last year with almost 7,400 Koreans studying there in 2015.