On November 16, the National Forum for students majoring International Studies was held at Kim Sou-hwan Hall 267. The forum began at 10 a.m. and finished at about 6:30 p.m.
The forum was held by department of International Studies of the Catholic University of Korea (CUK) and was co-organized by the Foreign Ministry.
Park Sung-ho of Seoul National University won the President's Award, Shin Eun-jin of Catholic University won the grand prize and Lee Ji-hoon of Handong University won the excellence prize.
The forum was held with one big theme: Thinking outside the Box for Korea's New Strategic Pathway. This big theme was devided into three sessions by 10 teams: session1 is about the end of the Cold War and the change of the "San Francisco System," session 2 is regarding the implications for the U.S.-China hegemonic rivalry and the order of Northeast Asia, and session3 is concerning the new Korea-Japan relationship initiative.
Before launching the forum, Sohn Chang-ho, director general of CUK’s International Studies Division, followed by a keynote speech on "the wise and the future of Korean diplomacy during the transition period" by Park Kun-young, head of the ministry's Office for Foreign Policy Planning.
Professor Park said, "I am sure the this forum will be a venue for communication and learning things meaningful and long-remembered for all participants by understanding the past of international relations in Northeast Asia, including the U.S., China, and Japan, establishing a corresponding historical and ideological theoretical framework and seeking analysis and solutions through such recognition."
The host of the forum, Lim Seo-ryeong (Department of Law) said, "As a student who currently studies law international relations, it was such a wonderful opportunity to meet those highly talented students, share ideas, and see their thoughtful papers." She hopes all participants keep in touch even after, and this forum will continue to be held.
The forum is consisted of 20 minutes of presentation time and 10 minutes of question and answer time for each team, and the judges had a priority on questions. The forum was held in a solemn mood, with all the students listening to the presentations.