As development challenges become even more complex in this fast-changing world, one defining trait needed for today’s leadership is the constant search for knowledge and innovation.
Keeping in line with its vision of raising global leaders, KDI School brought back together some of its alumni from all over the world for the “Capacity Building Workshop for Innovation-Driven Development” last October 30 to November 4.
A total of 22 alumni from 18 different countries, including the winners of this year’s Alumni Essay Writing Contest, had a homecoming of sorts as they took part in the Workshop that was held right in the KDI School campus in Sejong City.
After being welcomed by KDIS Dean Hong Tack CHUN, the participants took part in a plenary session facilitated by Professor Man CHO and Professor Junesoo LEE where the alumni presented their achievements and policy implementation experience after graduating the School.
They also sat in special lectures by professors and practitioners that focused largely on the Fourth Industrial Revolution, digital governance, and big data. A special tour of Sejong City and Seoul, as well as the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, was also organized for them.
The workshop also coincided with the20th Anniversary Workshop of KDI School and the participants also got to interact with their former professors and current students at the School during the different lectures and poster session.
To expand the alumni network of KDIS, the workshop participants had a lunch gathering together with their country mates currently taking their graduate courses on campus.
“I think it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me to be invited back to my alma mater. It was great seeing the campus again and meeting old and new friends from different year groups. It was amazing for me and definitely made great memories. Of course, I am forever grateful to the Korean government and KDI School,” said Lovia AFOAKWA (2016 MPP), one of the alumni participants who is currently working at the National Development Planning Commission in Ghana.
Indeed, learning never stops even after leaving KDI School and for these select alumni, this also meant going back home to the School that helped shape them as pioneers of the future.