THEME: KOREAN CULTURE AND RAPID TRANSFORMATION OF THE COUNTRY FROM A 3RD WORLD TO A GREAT INDUSTRIAL NATION.
South Korea developed from a subsistence, agrarian economy to a modern industrial power. Up to well into the 1960s, South Korea truly represented a backward, desolate economy based on subsistence agriculture with all the difficulties facing a typical developing country today (Kwan, 1991).
On 11th October, 2017, DeKUT was privileged to host the Ambassador of South Korea to Kenya, His Excellency Amb. Kwon Young – Dae for a public lecture on “Korean Culture and Rapid Transformation of the country from a Third World to a great Industrial Nation”. The ambassador shared the secret of the nation which today stands at a GDP of 14 trillion. He cited confucianism technique; creating a social order; improving social relations among all and improving the general morals as what was applied by the Korean government from 1960 henceforth to create the nation South Korea is today. To achieve industrialization, he said that governance & relationships, homogeneity, history, education, loyalty and cooperation played very key roles. “Education is the most important prerequisite of national growth,” he said.
From the lecture, there were important lessons for Kenya towards building an industrial nation:
• Need for self morality
• Importance of education
• Strong leadership
• Strong relationships