In a groundbreaking development, Western Delta University, located in Oghara, Delta State, is set to establish the Institute of Korean Studies within its academic framework. The university's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Augustine Ikelegbe, revealed this strategic initiative during the conferment of an Honorary Doctorate degree on the South Korea Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Kim Young-Chae. The prestigious event took place at the Embassy of Korea in Maitama, Abuja.
The decision to award the Honorary Doctorate degree to Ambassador Kim Young-Chae was rooted in the university's deep appreciation for his distinguished service and remarkable contributions to society. Prof. Ikelegbe highlighted the diplomat's outstanding impacts, emphasizing the university's commitment to recognizing individuals who have made significant strides in their respective fields.
Speaking on the forthcoming Institute of Korean Studies, Prof. Ikelegbe articulated the university's dedication to fostering collaborations in education, research, and cultural exchange with South Korea. The institute aims to promote cultural understanding and awareness, reflecting the institution's global perspective and commitment to providing students with a comprehensive and diverse academic experience.
Explaining the process of conferring Honorary Doctorate degrees, Prof. Ikelegbe underscored the meticulous approach taken by the university. The Honorary Degree Research Committee identifies individuals worthy of this esteemed recognition, followed by approvals from the Senate and the Governing Council. Ambassador Kim Young-Chae's selection underwent these rigorous processes, attesting to the significance of the award.
Dignitaries present at the ceremony included the visitor to the university, Chief James Onanefe Ibori; former Akwa-Ibom state governor, Obong Victor Attah; Pro-chancellor of the university, Prof. Eghosa Osaghae; House of Representatives member representing Ethiope Federal Constituency, Hon. Erhiatake Ibori-Suenu, and other distinguished guests.
This momentous occasion marks Western Delta University's commitment to academic excellence, global partnerships, and the cultivation of a rich, culturally diverse learning environment.