SNU Names Library Room After UN Chief Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon Ban Ki-moon

Seoul National University announced on Tuesday that it will open a room named after UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the new building of its central library, which is currently under construction. Ban made a donation to help build the new library and renovate the existing one early last month.

In a letter addressed to the chief of the SNU library, Ban wrote, "I hope the university can make a good environment for students so that they can focus on their studies." An official from the library said, "We will name one of about 50 group-study rooms in the library after Ban." Ban is an alumnus of SNU, having entered the university in 1963 and majored in international relations.

An SNU official said, "We have decided not to disclose the amount of the donation Ban made, out of courtesy to him and with respect to his wishes. The important thing is that he has shown how much he cares about young students."

SNU has been fundraising to improve its library facilities since March last year. It aims to raise W100 billion (US$1=W1,142) by February 2014 and has so far accumulated W66.2 billion.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 10, 2013 11:22 KST