This summer, a group of 43 KDIS students went on an International Field Research and Study (IFRS) trip to several top notch organisations involved in determining public and economic policies at the global level.
Among the agencies visited were the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), World Trade Organisation and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The study tour gave the Korean students at KDIS the much-needed global exposure that can widen the scope of their understanding on how international organizations work in terms of setting up policies that affect every nation.
The IFRS is an annual program that organizes on-site study trips for Korean students at KDIS to provide them with first-hand experiences at global organizations. This year’s theme was the “International Situation and European Political and Economic Policy Issues”. The participants visited France, Switzerland, Germany and the Czech Republic between August 23 and September 1.
It was an eye-opening experience for the students, especially at the WTO. The WTO is an international organization founded to promote free trade between countries and ensure that trade between its member countries flows as smoothly, predictably, and freely as possible. The students had been prepared for this visit in a class taken for them earlier called Understanding the World Trading System with Professor Lee Sung Joo, which had primed them on the subject.
Visiting the WTO helped the students to learn about trade policy beyond their class lectures. Their most memorable moments at WTO were a tour around the offices and a Question-and-Answer session with WTO experts which provided insights into how global trade works.
The students found the whole experience a unique opportunity because it resulted in greatly influencing their world views and perspectives, and satisfied their curiosity regarding international organizations in many ways.
Ms Bae Hee-jin, the Class Assistant of this IFRS trip, had this to say about the experience: “I am so grateful to KDIS, Professor Choi Suel-ki, researcher Kim Hyun-joo, and Lee Jae-sun of Student Affairs, for providing me and the whole team with such an amazing experience. All the students were very happy, and returned enriched and appreciative of the amazing experience.”