|Title||Prof. Lee Won Koo, Recognized as 2017 Man of Merit for Official Development Assistance in Education and Receives Commendation from Minister|
Prof. Lee Won Koo, Recognized as 2017 Man of Merit
for Official Development Assistance in Education
and Receives Commendation from Minister
Professor Lee Won Koo of the Department of Chemistry, who is also the chief researcher of the Center for International Cooperation in Science and Technology, was recognized as the 2017 Man of Merit for Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Education and received a Commendation from the Minister of Education, who is also a Deputy Prime Minister. The Commendation is awarded to educators who devoted themselves and contributed to advancing the education sector and fostering human capital in developing countries, and who conducted ODA projects and research works in the education sector.
Since 2012, Prof. Lee Won Koo has participated in supporting basic science projects in Vietnam and Cambodia through the research project led by the Ministry of Education. Since March 2016, he has been directing the research for Sogang University’s project to establish the Department of Chemistry Education at Sanata Dharma University in Indonesia and to contribute to the advancement of the local community, as part of the Ministry of Education’s leading-university project for international cooperation. In particular, Prof. Lee contributed greatly to the promotion of the excellent education system and ODA of Korea and the enhancement of the cooperative partnership in science education between Korea and Indonesia.
Thanks to this project, the Department of Chemistry Education was established at Sanata Dharma University in Indonesia. Forty-two students have entered the course and more than 300 science teachers in Indonesia have taken re-training courses so far. In addition, the project also supported science education in elementary, middle, and high schools in Yogyakarta, where Sanata Dharma University is located. Through the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) project conducted by the Korean government, Prof. Lee’s team has been participating in student selection and education in order to nurture the best human capital in Indonesia. As a result, the project to establish the Department of Chemistry Education at Sanata Dharma University in Indonesia and to contribute to the advancement of the local community was evaluated to be the best project in the annual assessment in 2016 of the Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea.