Emory Report
September 19, 2005
Volume 58, Number 4


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September 19, 2005
Korea’s Cho to spend
year in residence

Lailee Mendelson is communications specialist for the Office of International Affairs.

Each year, Korea sends several of its most promising senior government officials to organizations, governments and top universities around the world for 18 months of research and professional enrichment. This year, Emory is hosting one of these officials: Kyubum Cho, who has just arrived on campus and is director of the division of public relations and international cooperation for the Korean Civil Service Commission.

The prestigious Korean Government Overseas Research Fellowship, which began in 1990, sends 20 to 30 top officials from all sectors of government abroad to research subjects deemed important to the Korean government, as well as to enhance mutual understanding among nations. The majority of selected officials choose to research in the United States, Cho said, with Europe and China as close seconds.

This is Cho’s first trip to the United States, and he said he chose Emory as his host institution based on its strong reputation in Korea. During his year on campus, Cho will research policy, systems and practices of administration, and in particular issues surrounding human resources management, tax laws and real estate. “This is the best opportunity to upgrade myself,” he said. “And if there is anything I can do for Emory, I will do my best.”

Born in Seoul, Cho graduated from Seoul National University with a degree in International Economics in 1985 and began working as a CPA at Samil Accounting Corp. Since 1992, he has built a distinguished career of service to the Korean government, having worked in the ministries of construction and transportation, and finance and economy.

Cho now is the director of public relations and international cooperation at the Civil Service Commission (CSC), which is responsible for establishing policies regarding recruitment, performance management, promotion and training for high-level government officials. He received his master’s degree from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1997 after being selected by the Korean government for the Government Overseas Degree Program.

The Office of International Affairs, which has helped coordinate Cho’s visit to Emory, will introduce him to various units on campus. He is interested in researching human resources management and how governments deal with unemployment, which he says is a growing problem in Korea.

Cho also hopes to begin a comparative study of U.S. and Korean tax law. “Korea and the U.S. have a tax treaty,” he said, “and we are trying to revise it. To make these negotiations go more smoothly, we need to understand the differences.”

In addition to researching and attending classes, Cho hopes to meet with faculty, local government officials and business people interested in these issues. “I would like to discuss mutual concerns and strengthen cooperation,” he said. “I also hope to act as liaison for the Korean government.”

If anyone has expertise or contacts in Cho’s areas of interest, please contact the Office of International Affairs at 404-727-7504.Lailee Mendelson is communications specialist for the Office of International Affairs.