The Sejong Institute's first ever fellowship program for the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, finished on Friday.
As part of Korea's aid programs for developing nations, the 14-day program is aimed at helping young diplomats from Timor-Leste diagnose their country's problems, set action plans and find solutions through case studies and lectures on Korea.
Timor-Leste had been under colonial rule by Portugal and Indonesia since the 16th century, before finally regaining its independence in 2002.
And as Korea had taken such a path in the past, from being under Japan's colonial rule to becoming one of the largest economies in the world, the participants say they hope their country can follow Seoul's economic development and growth in global stature.
"As a new nation, we have, since the beginning of our independence, worked so closely and so much with international organizations. However, after that we realized that we need to establish our own domestic policy and foreign policy. That's why it's interesting to compare, and to see how Korea did it and how Korea is still doing it."
From training programs for foreign diplomats,.. to improving human resource management, the participants laid out specific measures they learned throughout the course to implement in their country.
The participants also praised the program for giving them the opportunity to learn about and experience Korea.
Funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency, the organizers are planning to host two more rounds of such training every year. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.