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(2nd LD) KF signs MOU with Wilson Center for exchange of fellows
By Hwang Doo-hyong
WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (Yonhap) -- The Korea Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with a U.S. think tank for the exchange of graduate students as fellows on North Korea and other international diplomatic issues.

   Kim Byung-kook, president of the Korea Foundation, signed the MOU with Michael Van Dusen, executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

   Under the MOU, the Korea Foundation will send three South Korean graduate students to the center in June as part of the foundation's Junior Scholars Program, a foundation spokesman said.

   "The program will provide Korean students currently enrolled in an advanced degree program the opportunity to spend between three to six months at the Center conducting advanced research on an important public policy issue or a topic in international history," the center said in a statement.

   Christian Ostermann, director of the center's history and public policy program, said, "The Center offers a unique set of resources on important public policy issues that affect both Korea and the United States. This will be a tremendous opportunity for the next generation of Korean scholars to access the tens-of-thousands of pages of declassified archival documents in our collections."

   The Wilson Center, established in 1968 in memory of President Woodrow Wilson, the only American president with a doctoral degree, is a "nonpartisan institute for advanced study and a neutral forum for open, serious, and informed dialogue," the center's Web site said.

   "It brings pre-eminent thinkers to Washington for extended periods of time to interact with policymakers through a large number of programs and projects," it said. "The Center seeks to separate the important from the inconsequential and to take a historical and broad perspective on the issues."

Kim Byung-kook, president of the Korea Foundation (R), signs an MOU with Michael Van Dusen, executive vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, at the center in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 11. (Yonhap)