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Professor Supaporn Boonrung, a Graduate of Korean Studies from Ewha, Establishes Korean Major at Most Prestigious Chulalongkorn University in Thailand

Chulalongkorn University, the only royal university and the most prestigious university in Thailand, adopts the Korean language as its official major from next year. This feat is attributable to the hidden effort of Thai Professor Supaporn Boonrung who was appointed at Chulalongkorn University upon graduating from the Department of Korean Studies of Ewha Womans University, and full support from the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University (Dean Prof. Kim Eun-mee).

Chulalongkorn University adopted Korean as a minor, and the Korean language course started with five students 10 years ago when Supaporn Boonrung came to this university upon graduating from Ewha. She received a master’s degree in Korean Studies at Ewha Womans University in 2007 and was appointed as professor of the Korean language course at Chulalongkorn University, which made headlines at the time. After becoming a professor at the Thai university, she entered the Ph.D. program at Ewha Womans University in March 2010 and went back and forth from Korea to Thailand until she completed her studies in 2012, devoting herself to Korean language education and research.

At Chulalongkorn University, over 500 students are taking the Korean language as one of their liberal arts courses. Korean language education has made a remarkable growth over the past decade, producing 60 students who minored in Korean. The establishment of the Korean language major has opened an opportunity to produce Korean language graduates from the most prestigious university in Thailand, which is garnering much attention from relevant organizations in Korea as well as Thailand.