On Wednesday, December 5, 2012, John J. Maresca, Rector of the University for Peace (UPEACE), paid a visit to the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS).
HUFS President Park Chul and Rector Maresca discussed ways for the HUFS Graduate School of International and Area Studies (GSIAS) and UPEACE to continue cooperation on the dual degree program that they jointly offer. The visit was also attended by Yeo Hyeon Deok, Secretary-General of the UPEACE Asia Pacific Centre, as well as Kim Won-ho, the Dean of GSIAS, and Kim Yeong-chan, the dean of Academic Affairs of GSIAS.
Rector Maresca also delivered a special lecture on “The United Nations, UPEACE, and Peace Studies” at the Minerva Complex in front of GSIAS students and faculty members of the Department of U-PEACE. In his lecture, he explained the background of the establishment of UPEACE in Costa Rica, a country that abolished its army, and the degree programs offered by the university, followed by a Q&A session on world peace and military troops.
HUFS launched a joint dual degree program with UPEACE in 2008 by newly installing the departments for International Law & Human Rights Studies, Media, Peace & Conflict Studies, and Sustainable Development Studies. Under the joint programs, students take courses at the GSIAS in the first and fourth semesters and at the UPEACE in Costa Rica in the second and third semesters. Upon completion of coursework, students must pass a final thesis examination at HUFS to receive a dual degree from both schools.