Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) is now operating the ‘2017 Seoul Policy Experience Internship Program’ for 15 foreign public officials who are from Indonesia, Mongolia, Poland, Jordan, China, Thailand, Myanmar, Rwanda, Laos and Nepal, attending the Master of Urban Administration and Planning (MUAP) course of International School of Urban Sciences, University of Seoul, from Monday, January 9th to Thursday, January 26th, 2017.
Supporting foreign public officials from developing countries to study for master’s degree in urban administration and planning in University of Seoul is one of the Seoul’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) project. Among 9 projects for ODA run by SMG, this project is significant in terms of diversity of participants’ background and scale of budget. Since 2008, 168 public officials from 42 cities of 32 developing countries have taken classes of the MUAP course.
During the internship period, SMG will introduce history of Seoul and its key policies. Participants will learn about Seoul’s experience for effective development and urban problems at Seoul City Hall, Seoul Institute, Seoul Global Center, Seoul Urban Solutions Agency and CityNet. They will also have chances to visit major facilities, like Seoul Bus Transfer Center, Mapo Resource Recovery Facility and Cheonggyecheon Museum.
One of the participants, Bijay Keshar Khanal from Kathmandu, Nepal said, “I am very pleased to join the internship program in such a good organization, like Seoul Metropolitan Government.”
SMG wants all the participants can say to themselves at the completion ceremony, “Working as an intern in SMG was a right choice. It was totally worth it.”
Currently, the Job Cafés are for Seoul citizens only, and foreigners in Seoul looking for jobs can get help from Seoul Global Center (global.seoul.go.kr)