Bloustein School recognizes completion of studies for KDI Scholars program

December 22, 2022

In January 2001, the Bloustein School and the School’s Urban Planning and Policy Development Masters Program entered into a partnership to accept students from the School of Public Policy and Management of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) into the Urban Planning and Policy Development graduate program. In 2016, a new partnership enabled applicants to be accepted into the Bloustein School’s Master of Public Affairs and Politics (MPAP) program.

On December 9 the Bloustein School hosted a short graduation program to recognize the nine MCRS graduates and five MPAP students of the Korea Development Institute who completed their studies at the Bloustein School in 2022. The degrees were conferred upon the graduates by the program directors of their respective courses of study.

“Today we celebrate the successful one-year completion of study for our mid-career professional students from our Korea Development Institute Scholars program,” said Associate Dean Steve Weston, as he opened the program. “We congratulate you on your success during your program of study abroad here at Rutgers University, and convey to each of you how appreciative we are of you being here this academic year.”

Rutgers and the Bloustein School are very well known in Korean academic and planning circles, and offer KDI students an excellent opportunity to broaden their knowledge and practical skills through the combination of coursework and professional internships.

Dean Weston concluded the program by thanking the program directors, faculty, staff and administration, and other students for providing guidance and advisement to the KDI scholars. “The needs of our KDI students are great, and settling into Rutgers can be a challenge. For this reason, we certainly support the notion that it takes a village to ensure the success of the program.”

MCRS Graduates

  • Wooyeol  Baek
  • Eunsun Choe
  • Seongwook Hong
  • Youngkwan Kim
  • Youngseok Kim
  • Boram Lee
  • Kihyun Lee
  • Sungjoon  Park
  • Haegil Yang

MPAP Graduates

  • Kyoungjae Choi
  • Minsu Han
  • Dae Young Kim
  • Seung Woo Lee
  • Yunkyoung Lee

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