[Korea Report] Matviyenko gives speech for Korean and Russian students

Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko delivers speech at Korea University, Seoul (Photo: Meidyana Rayana)

Valentina Ivanovna Matviyenko, Russian highest-ranking politician, delivered a speech for the students of Korea University, Seoul.

Matviyenko is currently Chairman of The Federation Council of the Russian Federation and formerly served as Governor of St. Petersburg.

Matviyenko came accompanied by her Russian contingent and staff members of the  Russian Embassy in Seoul.

The speech session was also attended by leading faculty members of Korea University as well as Korean and foreign students.

In her speech, Matviyenko said Seoul and Kremlin would enhance cooperation in developing natural resources, such as oil and energy.

Hyundai, Korean company, is building plant near Vladivostok’s airport to produce electrical equipment.

Some Russian students who are studying in Korea University also attended the speech and addressed their concern.

In a Q & A session, a male Russian student asked Matviyenko why Russia does not recognize Korea University. It meant that the Russian graduats of Korea University do not have their diplomas recognized in Russia while the graduates of other Korean universities like Seoul National and Yonsei Universities are being recognized.

Matviyenko on a photo session after the speech with Korea University Leaders and her Russian contingent in Seoul (Photo: Meidyana Rayana)

Answering to the student concern of wasting years of studying in Korea University when his diploma becomes useless back home in Russia, Matviyenko said she did not know the exact answer but she would have a talk with concerned both governments to discuss the matter.

Matviyenko added that she also would like to have a talk with Korean government on a 30 days free visa for Russian and Korean to visit each other countries.

Matviyenko is scheduled to meet South Korean President, Lee Myung Bak on Saturday, November 17.

Meidyana Rayana Intern Reporter news@theasian.asia

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