News , 26 August 2017
SAMOO CSR: Invitation of Students in University of Rwanda
5th August 2017, Patrick Kubiwimana and Josue Mutuyumana, students of University of Rwanda (UR), had arrived at the Incheon int'l airport for 3 weeks special experience from Rwanda known as heart of Africa. Till 26th August, they experienced Architecture studio in SAMOO, Architecture trip and 2017 SAMOO Design Workshop. In those events, they took opportunity to communicate with lots of Korean architects and buildings designed in best quality. This special invitation event was arisen from a single project. That was University of Rwanda EDCF (Economic Development Cooperation Fund) Project funded by EXIM Bank of South Korea as part of ODA (Overseas Development Aid). While proceeding this project, SAMOO hold the competition of designing a UR headquarters' canopy, to provide opportunity for students to make a canopy concept. This competition was held as a SAMOO's 40 years anniversary CSR activity. 2 months later, SAMOO and UR had received lots of creativity works from UR students. In January 2017, DoKwon Park, CEO of SAMOO, visited Kigali for celebrating a group of student who won this competition. In the ceremony, the special gift which had never mentioned was announced by him, and Patrick and Josue was invited to ‘3 weeks Korean architecture experience program’. SAMOO had provided the special programs from accommodation to field trip schedule. On the first week, they did homestays, which SAMOO staff provided, to experience Korean living culture. Also through an experience of architectural practice, they had an opportunity to understand deeply how Korean architects work. After studio week, they experienced lots of Korean architecture from palace to modern skyscraper with architect mentors from SAMOO. In every visiting places, they had discussions to share their impressions. On the last week, they were invited 2017 SAMOO Design Workshop as a special guest. They did not only their own work but also communicate with other Korean architecture students. After the end of ceremony, they came back to Rwanda with an unforgettable memories. Their passion to communicate with Korean architect and architecture went beyond what SAMOO expected. Definitely it was a special experience for not only two students but also SAMOO as well.