BRUNEI-MUARA – The First Lady of Korea Kim Jung-Sook visited Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) on Monday, meeting with local Korean language students.

The first lady is in Brunei as part of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s three-day state visit to the sultanate.

At the university, she was welcomed by the Acting Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hjh Romaizah Hj Mohd Salleh and UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita Binurul Zahrina Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Hj Awang Abdul Aziz, who then escorted her to observe Korean language classes at UBD’s Language Centre.

Some 122 UBD students are currently studying Korean language, which will enable them to pursue their Discovery Year — where they can study abroad for two semesters — at various universities in Korea.

First Lady of Korea, Kim Jung-Sook (6R) the Acting Education Minister Datin Dr Hjh Romaizah (5R) and UBD Vice Chancellor Datin Dr Hjh Anita (7R) in a group photo with UBD students taking Korean Language. Photo: Courtesy of UBD

To date, more than 720 students have undertaken their Discovery Year in Korea since 2011.

In 2018, UBD also hosted 36 Korean students in Brunei, through the Global Discovery Summer Programme and semester exchange programme, and also has three full-time students from Korea undertaking bachelor degrees.

UBD currently has 21 partner universities in South Korea for academic and research collaboration, including student and staff mobility.