Partnership with Korea
For twenty years, Executive Education has hosted Korean public officials in the Visiting Fellows Program or as they pursue MA degrees in Public Administration, Economics and International Relations.
At the request of the Korean Local Authorities Foundation for International Relations (KLAFIR), the Maxwell School has also developed a number of customized training initiatives for Korean government officials. Designed, organized and administered by the Maxwell School, these three-week training programs consist of case studies, discussions with American government officials, and site visits to federal, state, and local governments in Syracuse, NY, Albany, NY, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Past topics have included:
- Intergovernmental Relations
- Public Finance
- The Development of Legal Framework, Rules and Regulations for Public Management
- The Role of Government in a Global Economy
- Public and Media Relations
- Managing Human Resources in a Changing Environment
- Innovative Practices and Current Trends in Public Sector Reforms
- Information Technology and Effective Governance
Ambassador Pyo Wook Han was the Republic of Korea’s first career diplomat and the architect of the current Korean and US relationship. The Maxwell School initiated a lecture series on Korean/US affairs to recognize his contributions to both countries.
Han was born in a farming village in South Hamkyong Province, Korea, on May 20, 1916. After graduating from Jeong Dong High School in Seoul, he completed his undergraduate studies at Yunhui College (now Yonsei University).
He entered Syracuse University in 1939 and received his A.B. in philosophy in 1942. In 1947, he received a master’s degree in government from Harvard University and, in 1963, his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. In 1942, Ambassador Han married Chungnim Choi, also a graduate of Syracuse University with an A.B. (1937) and an M.A. (1938) in English. Mrs. Han was one of the first Korean women to earn a doctorate in the United States, completing a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Michigan. Ambassador and Mrs. Han have one son, Victor Chongseung Han.
In 1957, Mr. Han was awarded the George Arents Pioneer Medal by Syracuse University. In 1999, the University recognized Mr. Han as one of it’s outstanding graduates, and in 2001 he was awarded SU’s Chancellor’s Medal at the inaugural address of the Han Lecture Series.