Princeton Opens Syngman Rhee Lecture Hall

Princeton University on Wednesday officially dedicated a lecture hall to Korea's first President Syngman Rhee. The Princeton Club of Korea on Wednesday held a ceremony naming Lecture Hall No. 16 of the university's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in New Jersey the Syngman Rhee 1910 Lecture Hall.

The hall seats 80 people and has a bronze plate in memory of Rhee.

Distinguished Korean graduates of Princeton University pose in front of a lecture hall dedicated to the countrys first President Syngman Rhee. Distinguished Korean graduates of Princeton University pose in front of a lecture hall dedicated to the country's first President Syngman Rhee.

Rhee began his studies in the U.S. in 1906. He was an undergraduate at George Washington University, did his master's degree at Harvard, and was awarded his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1910 by Woodrow Wilson himself. The 28th U.S. president was then president of Princeton.

The Princeton Club of Korea raised W550 million (US$1=W1,114) in 2010 to mark the 100th anniversary of Rhee's graduation and donated it to the university.

Princeton also plans to establish funds for scholarly activities in honor of Rhee, holding regular lectures and conferences on international relations and public policy.

englishnews@chosun.com / Oct. 05, 2012 13:34 KST