Two South Koreans have graduated at the top of their classes at the prestigious Bilkent University in Turkey.
Kwon Tae-young and his little sister Min-ah were awarded Bachelor's degrees in interior architecture and environmental design, and graphic design, respectively, at a ceremony held last Saturday.
The older Kwon says he decided to study in Turkey when he was preparing to re-take South Korea's college entrance exam in 2011.
He convinced Min-ah to come with him to the country where their father was working at the time, and the two entered the school in Ankara, the Turkish capital, the following year.
|Kwon Tae-young (Left) and Min-ah are awarded class valedictorian certificates at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, on June 11.(Yonhap)|
"The Turkish are in general friendly toward South Koreans even though they don't know much about our country," the older Kwon said in a phone interview with Yonhap News Agency. "But 'hallyu' really helped us adjust to the new environment."
The Kwons were also behind the establishment of a Korean language department at their school this spring.
"We've continuously requested the school to create Korean language courses, and even held a signing petition," the older Kwon said. "Our efforts paid off before we graduated."
The older Kwon plans to enroll in a Master's program at Polytechnic University of Milan, with Min-ah looking for jobs in Germany. (Yonhap)