KOICA resumes in-person training program for foreign policymakers



- KOICA to resume invitation training upon easing of quarantine measures 

- Indonesian government officials in charge of new capital development invited for smart city expert training on July 17 

KOICA’s global training program, which had been carried out remotely following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume in an in-person, invitation format to Korea, kicking off once more with a program to foster Indonesian smart city experts which begins on July 17, the development cooperation agency announced on July 14.

KOICA’s invitation training program (global fellowship program) invites public officials including policymakers and research and technology personnel to Korea to transfer Korea’s development experience and technology through educational training.

Since its establishment in 1991, KOICA has provided educational training to a total of 90,000 trainees from developing countries as of 2021, through partnerships with domestic public institutions, specialized research institutes, and universities.  

In 2020, due to the spread of COVID-19, KOICA switched its training program to a remote format and provided online training programs for 5,169 people in two years. To facilitate this process, KOICA established the online remote training platform CIAT-ON (Capacity Improvement & Advancement for Tomorrow), created with full consideration of the internet environment of developing countries. The platform has been widely used by other domestic ODA organizations.

The training program for smart city planning and implementation for Indonesian officials, which begins on July 17, will be carried out through cooperation among KOICA, Korea Land & Housing Corporation, National Agency for Administrative City Construction, K-water, and Korea Expressway Corporation. KOICA plans to invite 25 government officials in charge of Indonesia’s new capital development project to share the experiences and know-how gained while relocating Korea’s administrative capital to Sejong City. Through a 35-day program of lectures, field trips, and group discussions, the training is expected to allow Indonesian officials to gather on-site learning that can be effectively applied in Indonesia’s policy-making.


In addition, 16 invitation training programs with 15 countries are planned for the rest of the year, including ▲ capacity building in export strategy, market research, and market diversification with Sri Lanka’s Export Development Board ▲ training on advanced health administration and burn treatment with Tajikistan ▲ infant development policies and program management with Senegal.

“Considering that COVID-19 still poses risks, KOICA will ensure compliance with safety management guidelines and continue with its COVID-19 response plans in implementing the training program,” said Director General Kim So-young of the Department of Capacity Enhancement Program at KOICA.

KOICA plans to continue various forms of training in the second half of the year including invitation, local, and online training in line with the theme and characteristics of each training program. The agency also plans hybrid programs that combine remote and in-person training.

Photo 1. Trainees from Laos participate in the capacity strengthening program for ODA human resources development at KOICA’s International Cooperation Center in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province in 2018

Photo 2. Trainees participate in the vocational educational training and qualification expert system training course held at the Gyeonggi Provincial Human Resources Development Institute of the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2018