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New Korea-Fiji campaign

Written By : Junyong Kwon. English has become an integral pre-requisite for international education and it is for this reason that Fiji has become a hub of learning English for
18 Dec 2010 12:00

Written By : Junyong Kwon. English has become an integral pre-requisite for international education and it is for this reason that Fiji has become a hub of learning English for Korean students.
Over the years, Korean students have converged in Nadi and have been affiliated with local primary and secondary schools learning the local curriculum and English as well.
Just recently, a batch of 50 Korean university students enrolled at Fiji National University (FNU) for the purpose of learning Business English and eventually getting a job in other places rather than Korea where population density is overwhelming.
The name, Korea, has become a synonymous with competition at all levels and because of this, the Korea government had no choice but to develop a campaign to increase the percentage of employment.
This campaign has been running targeting other countries such as United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand but Fiji is the first trial.
Should the campaign trial in Fiji be successful, it is likely to attract approximately 200 Korean students annually.
The current group of students, who arrived in Fiji on the ninth of December, is from different universities from around South Korea and will be engaged in studying Business English for three months and will be attached to FNU for the next three to six months.
“Since Fiji is not widely known in Korea nor do many Korean people visit, I was uneasy about coming to Fiji,” says YounSan University graduate, Tanya.
“However, after the first few days, I started to feel more at home especially with the personality of the locals.”
The Visual Design student added, “I heard Fiji was an earthly paradise. I have not been to many places yet but the kindness of Fijian people was very impressive.
“I want to study enjoyably in Fiji.
“I wish Korean people would leave a good impression in Fiji so that the relationship between Fiji and Korea become better.”
*Junyong Kwon is a Korean student studying in Fiji.



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