An honorary doctorate in law was awarded to President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin today, Tuesday July 16 / 13 Tammuz, in a ceremony held at Yonsei University in Seoul.
During the ceremony, Yonsei University President Yong-Hak Kim presented the president and his activities that led the university to decide to award him the title. The moving ceremony left a deep impression on the president and members of the delegation present at the ceremony – senior figures from universities in Israel and South Korea.
Prior to the award ceremony and in the presence of the president, MOUs were signed between Yonsei University and five Israeli universities: the Hebrew University, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv University, the Technion and Ben Gurion University. Representatives of the universities and Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education Prof. Yaffa Zilbershats, who heads the academic delegation accompanying the president’s visit participated in the ceremony.
Yonsei University in Seoul was established as a medical school in 1885 and is one of the oldest in the country and one of the three most prestigious universities in South Korea. Today, the university has dozens of faculties and departments in the fields of science, society and the humanities.
“As someone who studied law at Israel’s Hebrew University and has dealt with law and legislation his entire life, it is such an honor to accept a Doctorate of Laws from this great university which is dedicated to the pursuit of truth, said the president.
“Both the Jewish and Korean people view education not merely as an activity to be completed, but as a life-long process in which we constantly push the boundaries of knowledge and come up with new questions and ideas for meeting the challenges we face,” he continued. “This shared approach is the reason why Israel and Korea invest a higher percentage of their GDP in R&D than any other country. This shared approach creates tremendous potential for cooperation: economic cooperation between Israel’s unique start-up ecosystem and Korea’s world-leading industries and companies, and academic cooperation between our excellent universities and researchers in which we take such great pride.”
In the evening, the president met with representatives of the universities who are part of the large academic delegation accompanying his visit, headed by Professor Yaffa Zilbershats, Chair of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education and Prof. Nili Cohen, President of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Among the university leaders were representatives of the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, Haifa University, the Technion, the Weizmann Institute, Bar Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University, the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Lev Ort Braude College, Afeka College and Azrieli College. The President heard about the cooperation that has developed between the Israeli representatives and their Korean counterparts and thanked them for their arrival. “You are taking Israel’s reputation from one end of the world to the other,” said the president.
Earlier in the day, the president laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Korean War at the central monument in Seoul’s military cemetery.