Sunday, April 1, 2012

Why was HUFS picked as Obama’s speech venue?

Why was HUFS picked as Obama’s speech venue?

Students listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Monday.
By Kim Rahn

United States President Barack Obama’s speech at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) Monday will certainly become a boon for the university to promote its image as a global school.

But why was it picked, leaving other universities jealous? This was the first time for an incumbent U.S. president to visit and give a speech at a university here.

An official of the U.S. Embassy said the embassy suggested some schools and it was the White House that picked HUFS.

“The White House asked us to recommend some candidate schools, presenting some conditions. After we did, the White House selected. We don’t know the exact criteria, but various things must have been considered, such as the size of the school, school reputation and security issues,” the official said.

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