Hebrew University Scholar to Receive Honor by Government of Korea

November 28, 2011


Dr. Yaacov Cohen of the Department of East Asian Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will receive the Republic of Korea President’s Order of Civil Merit (Mogryeon Medal: Order of Magnolia) at a ceremony to be held on Monday, Dec. 5,  at 4:30 p.m. on the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus. Dr. Cohen is the first Israeli scholar ever to receive this honor. 

The presentation will be made by Korean Ambassador to Israel Ilsoo Kim in the name of his country’s president, Lee Myung Bak. The event, to be held at the Maiersdorf Faculty Club of the Hebrew University, will be chaired by Hebrew University Rector Prof. Sarah Stroumsa and is open to the public.

Dr. Cohen served for many years in various capacities as a senior diplomat on behalf of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among them service as ambassador to Japan and South Korea, before coming to the Hebrew University..    

The Korean Embassy stated that Dr. Cohen “has played a leading role in initiating and promoting the Korean studies program at the Hebrew University in association with the Korean Foundation” and in so doing “he also contributed greatly to strengthening the ties and understanding between Israel and Korea, encouraging scholars and young Israeli students to explore Korea and promoting academic exchange between the countries.”