On Wednesday 16th July the South Korean embassy was awash with dignitaries, academics and officials as Dr. Chung Hee-sun was made an honorary Commander of the British Empire (CBE). The award was presented on behalf of the Queen by the British Ambassador, Scott Wightman to Chung, now the Dean of the Graduate School of Analytical Science and Technology at Chungnam National University.
A great advocate for the UK’s higher education, Dr Dr. Chung Hee-sun – a masters graduate of King’s College – has worked closely with the embassy and British Council to encourage some of Korea’s most talented students to study at the UK’s leading word-class universities.
While the majority of Queen’s Honours go to members of the British public, a good number of awards are made each year to individuals who work and reside overseas. Some are British nationals who are doing good work abroad and others, like Dr. Chung Hee-sun, are overseas nationals who receive honours for influential work that has benefited the UK. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office describes these awards as presented “for services rendered to the United Kingdom and its people”.
Dr. Chung is not the only Korean to have received a CBE. The former Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and ex-lawmaker Park Jin, who is now serving as president of the Korea-Britain Society were also made CBEs in the past.
Queen’s Awards are presented around the world to individuals who are making a difference to UK citizens abroad or who are bringing distinction to the UK. Also receiving an honour this year, in Spain Mr Jose Ignacio Sanchez Galan (pictured above) received a honorary CBE for his services to the UK energy sector and UK/Spain trade and investment links.
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