Nine new students joined the UTS student body to begin studies in January. Five hail from Korea, three from Japan and one from Turkey. The group as a whole dedicated the past four months to intensive English study in the Philippines in order to meet UTS's raised English language standards.
The students enrolled in the interfaith program, aimed at producing spiritual leaders, chaplains, non-governmental organization leaders, pastors and educators for the vital work of creating peace between people of diverse faiths.
Mr. Seong Ho Lee, representing the Unification Church International, hosted a welcome dinner at a local restaurant for the group and for a number of continuing students, including a contingent from Africa. Dr. and Mrs. Hendricks, the seminary's president and first lady, became acquainted with new and returning students in an enjoyable evening of food, testimonies and singing.
The new students are:
Nejat Taner, 40, from Turkey is a graduate of the University of Ankara with a BA in Archaeology/Prehistory. He has been living and working for the church in Japan. He is blessed to Shino Taner from Japan and they have 3 children.
Daegil No, 43, from Korea is a graduate of Kunsan National University with a BA in Korean Literature. He has been a Parish leader in Japan since 1998 and is blessed to Uraskai Takako from Japan. They have 3 children.
Wonhee Lee, 46, from Korea graduated from Kyeongbuk University with a BA in Architecture Engineering. He has been a church and CARP leader since 1996 and is blessed with Noriko Tomiguchi from Japan. They have 4 chirldren.
Takashi Matsuoka, 29, from Japan is a graduate from Kyushu University with a degree in Engineering. He has been a World CARP leader in Japan since 2007. He is single.
Sungmin Choe, 40, from Korea is a graduate of Sung Kyun Kwan University with a degree in Law. He has been a leader in the Japanese Church since 1998 and is blessed to Muraki Rika from Japan. They have 5 children.
Jeongsun Lee, 39, from Korea is a graduate from Chung Nam University with a BA in Agri-Chemistry. He has been a church leader in Japan since 2001 and is blessed toMisko Yamaki from Japan. They have 4 children.
Masahiro Izawa, 34, from Japan has a BA degree in Engineering from Tohoju University. He has been a Japan CARP leader since 1999 and is blessed to Keiko Izawa from Japan. They have 2 children.
Seonghe Park, 42, is from Korea. He graduated from Keimyung University with a BA in Japanese Literature. He is blessed to Kojima Kaourko from Japan. They have 4 children.
Yasunori Ota, 42, from Japan has a BA in Engineering from Kanazawa University. He has been a Japan CARP leader since 1994 and is blessed to Keiko Ota from Japan. They have 4 children.