Australian Ambassador to South Korea Gives First Public Speech at Mason Korea

Australian Ambassador to South Korea Gives First Public Speech at Mason Korea

Mason Korea invited Her Excellency Catherine Raper, Australian Ambassador to South Korea, as a guest speaker for the Distinguished Lecture Series. Ambassador Raper discussed the 60th anniversary of South Korea-Australia diplomatic relations and its future prospects in her in-depth lecture entitled, "Australia and Korea – a history, dynamic future."

In her lecture, Ambassador Raper explained that Korea and Australia’s 60-year diplomatic relationship, since 1961, is underpinned by a strong economic partnership. She also stressed the importance of cooperation in the fields of science, technology and innovation, from low emissions energy to biotechnology and fintech. Finally, she advised college students who dream of becoming leaders of the next generation to approach their professional fields with a global perspective.

The special lecture was held simultaneously online and offline with 115 participants, including Mason Korea students, faculty, and staff, as well as public figures from the local community. The lecture was followed by a very vibrant Q&A session and the Ambassador also had a chance to speak individually with participants.

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Prior to the lecture, Ambassador Raper met with Dr. Robert Matz, Campus Dean of Mason Korea, Lee Won-jae, Commissioner of the Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority, Shin Soo-cheol, Executive Director of POSCO International, Rowan Petz, Executive Director of AustChamKorea, and other representatives from the Incheon Free Economic Zone and local companies to discuss economic cooperation between Australia and Incheon Metropolitan City as well as education development in the local community.

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“I want to thank George Mason University for hosting this event, which is my first public speech as Australia’s Ambassador," said Ambassador Raper. "It’s great to have the chance to speak to the next generation of Korean leaders and hear their perspective on the goals and challenges for their country in the coming years.”

“We would like to thank Her Excellency Catherine Raper, Australian Ambassador to South Korea, for this special lecture,” said Dr. Matz, adding, “George Mason University Korea continues to strive to produce the next generation of global talent by inviting prominent global leaders to inspire and connect with our students.”

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