Un-Chan Chung, Ph.D. ‘78, former prime minister of the Republic of Korea, October 3
Un-Chan Chung, Ph.D. ‘78, former prime minister of the Republic of Korea, will deliver a public address titled “Hope, Compassion and the Can-do Spirit: President Syngman Rhee and Korea's Path Forward,” at the Woodrow Wilson School on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall. The talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry.
Tickets may be available for the event and will be distributed on a wait line outside Dodds Auditorium on the day of the event beginning at 4 p.m. The talk will be simulcast in Bowl 016 on the lower level of Robertson Hall for non-ticket holders. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Un-Chan Chung served as the prime minister of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) during 2009-2010. He has served as the chairman of the Presidential Commission on Shared Growth for Large and Small Companies. In February 2012, he was appointed the first honorary mayor of the Jeju Global Education City (JGEC), whose goal is to reduce the country’s educational trade deficit. He was a professor of Seoul National University (SNU) from 1978 to 2009, serving as the president of the university from July 2002 to July 2006.
Dr. Chung earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at SNU and his master’s degree in economics at Miami University (Ohio). In 1978, he was awarded a doctoral degree in economics from Princeton. Chung returned to Princeton in 2008 as a visiting fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).
Dr. Chung’s talk will be the inaugural Syngman Rhee *1910 Lecture, made possible through donations collected by the Princeton Club of Korea. This fund will sponsor lectures or symposia focusing on international or public affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. The first president of the Republic of Korea, Dr. Rhee earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1910 and, after returning to Korea, was elected first president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and served from 1919 – 1925. Following the Second World War, Rhee served as president of the Republic of Korea from July 1948 to April 1960, which included the Korean War.