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AUW's Global Support Network Expands to South Korea

Seoul, South Korea, February 4, 2013: The Asian University for Women's global support network has extended into Korea with a dinner honoring the University's Chancellor, Mrs. Cherie Blair. The event, held at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul, was supported by the Harvard Club of Korea. More than 130 guests were in attendance, including: Madame Kum Sil Kang, a founding member of AUW's International Support Commitee and Korea's first female Minister of Justice; Ms. Mee Kim, philanthropist and the publisher of the Women's News; and Mr. Peter Beck, President of the Asia Foundation's Korea Chapter.

This occasion marked AUW's first fundraising event in Korea, and the start of what the University hopes will be a fruitful relationship with institutions and individuals in that country. The dinner on January 31 included a presentation by AUW's Vice Chancellor, Dr. Fahima Aziz, remarks from the Chairman of AUW's Support Foundation, Mr. Young Joon Kim, and a speech and question-and-answer session with Mrs. Blair in her capacity as AUW's Chancellor. Mr. Jin Park, the President of the Harvard Club of Korea, also addressed the guests. Earlier that day, Mrs. Blair was interviewed by several media outlets,theChosun Daily, the Korea Times, the Maeil Business News, the Women's News and Joongang Daily. The Joongang Daily's piece on Mrs. Blair can be found here: http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2966527.

While in Korea, the delegation from AUW also formalized agreements with Ewha Womans University and the Export-Import Bank of Korea. AUW will enter into a student and faculty exchange program with Ewha, which is located inSeouland is the world's largest female educational institution. The exchange program will allow AUW students to experience life in a different country within the region and gain a broader perspective, and the visiting students from Ewha will likewise contribute to the diversity of AUW's campus community. Selected AUW graduates will also be considered for post-graduate study and scholarships at Ewha through the Ewha Global Partnership Program. Many students at AUW plan to pursue post-graduate degrees, and this partnership will provide exciting opportunities for them.

AUW will also partner with the Export-Import Bank of Korea (also known as Korea EximBank) for an internship program. Korea EximBank will host AUW students as summer interns and will generously provide stipends to cover the costs associated with internships, such as travel and housing. Ms. Kyung Ja Kim, the Director General of Korea EximBank's Global Relations Department, helped to facilitate this partnership and also attended the AUW dinner in Seoul as a guest along with Mr. Ik HwanJang, the bank's Director of Corporate & Social Responsibility, who will help to implement the student internship program.

These initial events and partnerships with major Korean institutions mark an important step for AUW in the process of making the University a self-sustaining entity supported by the people of Asia.

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