Rutte attends MoU signing in Korea
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Living Lab Smart Ageing was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Mark Rutte. This took place on 27 September, during the Dutch economic mission to Korea.
The MoU on collaboration in Smart Ageing was signed in Seoul by Mr. Sang Gi Min, president of Konkuk University, and Mr. Theo Hooghiemstra, Director of EP-Nuffic, who represented a group of Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences with expertise in Smart Ageing. EP-Nuffic’s Living Lab provides the international platform to put the applied research programmes of the Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences in an international context.
In the presence of Mark Rutte, Theo Hooghiemstra of EP-Nuffic (right) and Sang Gi Min of Konkuk University sign the MoU.
The Living Lab is initiated by EP-Nuffic and unites universities, private businesses and public organizations to provide state of the art applied research opportunities and real-life research assignments for researchers and students on Smart Ageing in Korea and the Netherlands.
Hooghiemstra: “The Living Lab provides an ideal platform to unite education, research and businesses and to commonly develop and apply practical solutions for the challenges we face in terms of ageing in Korea and in the Netherlands”. Previously Living Labs tackling various societal challenges were initiated by EP-Nuffic in Brazil, Indonesia, China and Korea.
Example of “Games for Health”
Jungyoon Yang, Chief Representative of Neso Korea: “A nice example of this type of collaboration are the “Games for Health” jams organised by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht together with their Korean university and business partners in Korea. Dutch and Korean students, guided by professors and companies, co-created games for improving physical health and promoting healthy behaviour.”
Student townhall meeting with Mark Rutte
On 28 September, Neso Korea, which represents EP-Nuffic in Korea, will organise a townhall meeting between our Prime Minister Mark Rutte and more than 70 Korean students and alumni.
Hooghiemstra: “We are happy with a Prime Minister who, next to business, also supports education. This is important for our “Study in Holland” branding and for our Holland Branding in general. In my view, education and business are two sides of the same coin. Education acts as a stimulus for the international cooperation between our countries.”
At present, Neso Korea has more than 500 Korean alumni in its network who now all act as Holland Ambassadors in their daily work and life.