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Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum receives honorary doctorate from Reformed University of Debrecen

Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum receives honorary doctorate from Reformed University of Debrecen

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13 September 2018

Rev. Dr Jooseop Keum received an honorary doctorate on 8 September from the Debrecen Reformed Theological University (DRTU) in Hungary. Keum, a pastor with the Presbyterian Church in Korea, is a former World Council of Churches executive and long-time friend of the Reformed Church in Hungary.

Keum received the honor during the ceremony of DRTU’s Opening of the Academic Year in the Great Church of Debrecen. The service traditionally includes the bestowing of honorary doctoral degrees.

Keum received the award for his work “in the cooperation of Christian churches of the world.”

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches said “This honour to our former colleague Joseoop Keum shows a recognition of his work for the ecumenical movement, and is an acknowledgment for the WCC’s work for the unity of the churches in service and mission.”

The Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary of Seoul and DRTU have been closely cooperating with each other for years. This cooperation has been further strengthened with the launching of a student exchange programme this summer.

More than 120 new students have started their studies this year at DRTU, now in its 480th academic year.