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President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university

President Kaljulaid became an honorary doctor of a South Korean university © Office of the President of Estonia

The President of the Republic, Kersti Kaljulaid, who is currently on a work visit to South Korea, was today awarded the title of an honorary doctor of EWHA Womans University. In her address at the awarding ceremony, the Head of State said education is the road that takes us towards freedom and wealth.

"This is why we have seen in history how repressive regimes have restricted access to education, above all to girls, as we know well that smart mothers translate into smart nations. Regrettably, even today we can see how education is not available to young women all over the world," said Kaljulaid in a speech given at the ceremony, and added that it is always good to remember how things were before. "Many of the rights taken for granted today were not delivered on a silver platter, but represent the results of the efforts of our predecessors. They often had to pay a high price for these achievements," said the Head of State.

When talking with female students President Kaljulaid told them that she started to co-chair an independent UN movement two weeks ago to promote the health of women and children. "Over the next two years I want to make the most of all the opportunities available to enhance awareness of these small heroic acts that people carry out in this sphere all over the world," said President Kaljulaid and she invited the students to do the same.

EWHA Womans University is one of the most reputable universities in South Korea and was established in 1886. The word "womans" in the name of the university conveys a special meaning – the founders of the university wanted to use this form of the word in the name of the university (EWHA Womans University) to convey the role and importance of each and every woman.

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