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President Moon appoints new head of Seoul National University

All Headlines 16:54 February 20, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday appointed a former opposition lawmaker as the new head of the state-run Seoul National University (SNU).

Oh Se-jung was appointed the new president of the country's most prestigious school in a ceremony held at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

"I expect you to turn SNU into a world-leading university that develops innovative technology and trains innovative talents," the president was quoted as saying.

Oh, 66, is a former professor of physics and astronomy from SNU who was elected to the National Assembly in 2016 as a proportional representative of what is now the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party.

Oh gave up his parliamentary seat late last year when he applied for the top position at SNU.

President Moon Jae-in (R) shakes hands with Oh Se-jung, new head of the state-run Seoul National University, after appointing Oh to the university post in a ceremony held at his office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Feb. 20, 2019. (Yonhap)

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