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(profile) Yoo Jin-ryong, a respected and seasoned cultural bureaucrat

All Headlines 15:14 February 13, 2013

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- Yoo Jin-ryong, a former vice culture minister who was nominated to head the ministry Wednesday, is a seasoned cultural bureaucrat widely respected among ministry officials for his reasonable attitude and meticulous work ethic.

A native of Incheon, a port city west of Seoul, Yoo graduated from Seoul National University and started his career in the public officialdom at the ministry right after passing the state exam for senior service officials in 1978. He then worked in various major posts of the ministry until he stepped down as vice cultural minister in August 2006.

As a senior ministry official, Yoo showed much passion to develop cultural policies, organizing a private study group with co-workers.

The 56-year-old was one of the most respected senior officials in the ministry and often won unofficial popularity polls conducted by junior workers.

When he was the cultural industry bureau chief, he played a key role in revising a law on promoting the country's cultural industries to cope with the digital age. He also contributed to the global spread of Korean popular culture, known as "hallyu," leading the establishment of the Korea Creative Contents Agency, a subsidiary agency of the culture ministry working to develop and promote quality hallyu content.

Based on his career, Yoo became a professor at Eulji University in 2007 and currently heads the Catholic University of Korea's Hallyu Graduate School in Seoul for the study of hallyu and cultivating experts on Korean pop culture content.


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