Memorandum of Understanding concerning the World Fisheries University Pilot Programme between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea
- Agreement on Co-operation of a Pilot Programme … a Master’s degree programme aimed at 30 students from developing countries -
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries(Minister Seong Hyuk Moon) Made a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Joint Pilot Programme of World Fisheries University with the FAO on May 14, 2019 at Seoul Global Center, Seoul Republic of Korea.
Seong Hyeok Moon, minister of MOF and Jose Graziano da Silva, Director-General of FAO participated for signing the MOU.
The FAO Secretariat had stuck to its position that the establishment of World Fisheries University should be made by stages through the establishment of FAO Partnership & Liaison Office＊ in Korea first and making conclusion of MOU on ‘a Joint Pilot Programme of World Fisheries University’ afterwards. And now therefore, the opening ceremony of ‘FAO Partnership & Liaison Office in Korea’ was held on May 13, 2019 and the conclusion of MOU on ‘the Joint Pilot Programme of World Fisheries University’ was made on May 14.
* An official organization of FAO, in charge of Korea-FAO connection, resources security for food security and antipoverty and cooperation expansion
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the FAO Secretariat are to hold regular meetings of ‘the Steering Committee＊’ at least every six months to monitor implementation of the Pilot Programme and specific contents such as the time for opening the World Fisheries University will be determined through the meetings.
* It shall discuss academic and administrative affairs, review and approval of financial issues
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the FAO Secretariat are to operate a Master’s degree course consisting of 3 majors, Aquaculture Technology, Fisheries Resource Management, and Social Science in Fisheries through selecting 30 students from developing countries once preparation for the Pilot Programme such as students recruitment and faculty employment is completed.
Republic of Korea operated the first phase of World Fisheries University Pilot Programme from September 2017 to February 2019, producing total 44 including 25 graduates from 24 countries and 19 trainees of ‘Leadership Training Certificate Programme’, a short-term training course.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is planning to present an agenda on ‘the Establishment of World Fisheries University’ to ‘The 42nd Session of FAO’ that will be held in 2021, based on the result of the World Fisheries University Joint Pilot Programme after its end.
“The establishment of World Fisheries University can be a meaningful opportunity to return the technology aid in the field of fisheries in a half century Korea had received from the international society since 1965,” said Dong Yeob Yang, Director General of Overseas Fisheries and International Policy Bureau, Marine Policy Office of the MOF, and “we are to make efforts to build up reach experiences and know-how for the establishment of
World Fisheries University, by successfully implementing the joint pilot programme in a cooperation with FAO Secretariat, Busan Metropolitan City and Pukyong National University.