Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to hold training sessions this year for 57 civil servants invited from 50 cities around the world.
In 2011, the city government invited 34 civil servants from 26 cities in other countries to special training sessions known as the City Administration Learning Sessions for International Urban Civil Servants, with the aim of promoting exchanges between international cities and sharing the experience Seoul has accumulated in the implementation of city administration services. Seoul expanded the invitation list for the 2012 event to include not only its sister cities around the world but also a number of new, strategic cities in Asia.
The first learning session for public servants from eight Asian strategic cities – including Singapore, New Delhi, Osaka, Istanbul and Hong Kong – will take place in May, to be followed by a second one in October for civil servants from Seoul’s sister cities, and a final one in early November for functionaries from strategic cities in China.
The training sessions will be focused on tourism, public transportation, the environment and other areas where Seoul has achieved outstanding results and which other cities are greatly interested in. The sessions are expected to equip the participants with substantial knowledge and know-how for the development of their home cities.
The civil servants participating in the event will also be given an opportunity to introduce the administrative policies of their home city, exchange ideas and the latest information with the other participants, and work together to find solutions which will help their cities grow into global leaders in the city administration services sector.
The training sessions will include tours to Seoul’s resource recovery facilities, the Cheong Gye Cheon Museum, TOPIS, Namsan Hanok Village and other facilities that represent some of Seoul’s most attractive aspects, including the harmony between traditional heritage and modern technology, and the successful efforts to turn the national capital into a Clean City.
Since Seoul launched the program in 2001 it has offered 16 sessions to 179 civil servants from 48 cities, thereafter expanding it to Chinese cities in 2008 and to other Asian strategic cities in 2010.