World Education University to train and raise world leaders
Rev. Che-hui Lee,
National Messiah to Canada
20 November 2002
Sun Moon University overseas campus in Canada has generated
international interest since its establishment as the World Education
University. Initially starting out in 2000 as the World Education
Institute under the True Parents' motto "Love God, Love Humanity, Love
Your Country," it began by offering an English language learning program
to Sun Moon University's theology students.
The World Education Institute's humble beginnings consisted of renting
a part of the Toronto Church building. However, thanks to True Parents,
we now have a building capable of accommodating 1,200 people equipped
with excellent educational, sporting and recreational facilities on 6.6
hectares (16.5 acres) of land in Hamilton City near Toronto, finally
befitting a university campus.
The campus will become fully operational in 2003 and will serve the
purposes of the "3+1" program of Sun Moon University (three years in Korea
one year overseas) and to provide training for second generation members
of Unificationist families. It will start out by focusing on language
education, particularly the learning of English in a native environment,
before going on to facilitate official degree programs in the near future.
It has the world's largest land surface area second only to Russia,
and its only neighbor is the United States of America, with which it
has a common border stretching over nearly 9,000 km (including about
2,500 km with the State of Alaska to its west). Being sparsely populated
with little more than thirty million, approximately eighty-five percent
of which is concentrated within 300 km of its southern border with the
U.S., Canada welcomes some 300,000 new immigrants each year, opening its
doors wide as a nation of unlimited opportunities and great diversity
Canada's innumerable lakes account for fifty percent of the world's
surface water, and the beauty of its natural environment is very well
known to the world, with the Niagara Falls and the Rocky mountains
numbering among its highly popular tourist destinations. As a member
of the G8 together with America, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan
and Russia, Canada enjoys the highest living standards in the world today.
A must for the youth living in the age of globalization, especially
the second generation members of Unificationist families responsible
for completely settling in the age of the Cheon Il Guk is the mastery
of the English language. Few people would disagree with Canada as an
optimal choice location for acquiring English language skills.
Canada's cost of living is relatively lower than that of the U.S. or
Britain, and is also one of the safest places in the world with
a good natural environment. Visas to Canada are also more readily
obtainable. Above all, Canadian English is considered to have a neutral
characteristic between classical British English and modern American
English, and therefore easily learnt and used.
Currently, Korean students are reported to be spending in the region of
US$800,000,000 on overseas language courses annually, US$100,000,000 of
which in Toronto alone. This statistic attests well to the standing of
World Education University
Within the first three years, our university's education programs are
bearing much fruit under the tender loving care and nurturing approach of
its staff for the students. Along with the regular curriculum, special
training programs have also been developed to raise up future world
leaders from among the second generation members of our Unificationist
The language program does not end with classroom lectures but continues
by giving students real life opportunities to practice what they learnt
in their classrooms. This aspect of the program has been one of our
strengths compared to other schools. Students learn from qualified and
experienced native-speaking lecturers twenty hours per week (four hours
daily, Monday through Friday) in their ESL program and participate in
after-class programs such as movie nights, live music concerts, field
trips, reading club, discussion groups and cross-cultural education.
From Spring Term early next year, the Hamilton campus will be running
advanced language laboratories and a highspeed internet service, besides
a library, multi-media and music rooms, cooking facilities, a cafeteria,
a playing field, tennis courts, an indoor basketball court, a game room
for ping pong and billiards), a movie theater, and a dormitory.
Near the campus are vast apple, cherry, grape and peach orchards. Lake
Ontario is not far off and the Niagara Falls are but a half-hour's drive
away, altogether making for a most romantic pastoral setting.