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Koreans study social care systems

23/01/05

Koreans study social care systems

Photo of members of the Korean Association of Social Workers during their recent visit to Kingston.The University’s School of Social Work has played host to a party of senior healthcare professionals from Korea. Fourteen members of the Korean Association of Social Workers visited the Kingston Hill campus as part of a fact-finding mission to learn about the way care-related qualifications are taught in the United Kingdom.

Staff gave the group members, all practising social workers in Seoul, information about the University’s social work degree and research activity. They also provided an insight into other issues such as the care of the elderly. Head of Social Work Hilary Tompsett said the delegation had described the School, based within the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, as an excellent centre of learning. “They planned to go back to their places of work and recommend opportunities for study in the United Kingdom,” she said. “With the development of international perspectives in our own degree programme, gaining an understanding of differences in professional practice in Korea was also beneficial for everyone involved at Kingston.”

The visit was initiated by Reverend John Lee, project manager for London’s Korean Anglican Community Centre.

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