Tallinn Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart and Aivar Riisalu, Member of the City Council and Chairman of the Innovation Committee, on a visit to the Republic of Korea, met with Lee Han-kyu, Deputy Governor of Gyeonggi Province, and visited Shinhan University, where the Mayor was awarded an honorary doctorate.
During the meeting, the Tallinn delegation and the Gyeonggi Deputy Governor discussed the COVID-19 situation, creating and promoting business and economic environment and the challenges of climate change.
Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart said that in this day and age, cooperation is crucial not only between countries, but also between local authorities and research institutions. "Local authorities have an increasingly important role to play in society, and this role will continue to grow. Therefore it is important to have good partnerships and good relations with local authorities, universities and the private sector," he said.
Today, the Tallinn delegation also visited Shinhan University in Gyeonggi Province, where Mihhail Kõlvart was awarded an honorary doctorate. It was the first time that a representative of a European city was awarded an honorary doctorate by the university. The President of Shinhan University, Kang Seong Jong, highlighted the role of Estonia and Tallinn in Europe, which is world-renowned for its e-solutions as well as its many start-ups.
The university has created new initiatives to apply technology to boost the Korean economy and ensure the growth of top professionals. The university offers four-year degrees in the fields of information technology, health, global entrepreneurship, culture, arts etc. Shinhan University also has a strong emphasis on research, promoting educational infrastructure and fostering internationalisation.
As part of the visit, Mihhail Kõlvart will also meet with Park Byeong-seung, Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, Moon Hee-sang, former Chairman of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, and Ahn Byeong-yong, Mayor of Uijeongbu city. In addition, the programme will include a visit to the Korea Creative Content Agency, which coordinates the country's creative industries.