i came to know students studying at yonsei university while playing football with them in the campus. those were students who had received koica scholarship and were completing a master’s program, jointly developed by yonsei and koica. officials from developing countries can learn about international development, women and development, public policy, fisheries science, agriculture, and bilateral aid programs in republic of korea. they will go back and lay the groundwork for rural development. the ultimate goal of this program is to equip students with the ability to design and implement new policies and programs in the context of national development policies by benchmarking saemaul undong experience. the course is designed to help students develop knowledge of the scientific research methodology needed to solve the various problems that exist in government systems and rural areas.
i proposed a plan to eunkyung, who manages this master’s program, and invited the students to the fire department. they learned about the korea fire services, how to evacuate in case of fire, and how to perform CPR for a cardiac arrest patient. firefighters and students also played soccer games. it allowed us to learn about each other’s cultures and ways of thinking and to expand our horizons. on the day when some of them returned home, I carried their luggage to the bus terminal by car. before that, we ate bulgogi at a beef restaurant.