UA&P’s Dr. Mariano in Korea Times

UA&P’s Dr. Mariano in Korea Times

by UA&P News Desk on August 29, 2012 - 11:33 am

“(The) Philippines has much to learn from Korea” by Kim Bo-eun, from Korea Times

The Philippines can learn a lot from Korea in terms of economic development, said Jose Maria Mariano, president of the University of Asia and the Pacific.

“The situation of the Philippines and Korea was not so different a couple of decades ago,” said Mariano. “But in a decade or two, Korea achieved great levels of economic development. The Philippines can learn from studying Korea’s development,” said the president.

There is also an interest among faculty members at the school in subjects other than business economics such as Korean traditional medicine, the philosophy of taekwondo and classical Korean literature, said Mariano.

“Several professors in the humanities department have plans to collaborate with Korean scholars to translate works of classical Korean literature into English,” he said.

The presence of Koreans is growing as the Philippines now has the world’s eighth largest Korean community with around 120,000 residents.

“About 5 percent of the total student population at the school is Korean,” said Mariano. “We have visiting and regular students from Korea as well as second generation Koreans.”

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