2021 Special Lecture 

by Indian Ambassador to Korea 


Ms. Sripriya Ranganathan, the Indian Ambassador to Korea, visited IGC and gave a special lecture, having a meaningful time with students. This lecture, given online and offline, provided a meaningful meeting for both the ambassador and all participating students.

On December 9, Ms. Sripriya Ranganathan, the Indian Ambassador to Korea, gave a lecture in the small theater of the IGC Support Center. This lecture, co-hosted by IGC and Korea Times, was prepared to provide opportunities to explore career paths as diplomats or international relations experts and to motivate students of the IGC and high schools in the area.

This special lecture was given online/offline while strictly observing the COVID-19 quarantine rules to prevent infection with the Omicron variant, which has recently spread rapidly. Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan said, “It would have been better to meet in person because I believe that the life and atmosphere of the campus come from the students, but under the current circumstance, we have to make the most of TV and computer screens.” She expressed her gratitude for being able to connect with students by effectively utilizing online and offline methods, even in the non-face-to-face era.

Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan gave a two-hour lecture to campus students on ‘The Diplomat’s Life’, where she shared her thoughts on diplomacy and Korea-India relations. She shared her extensive learnings and experiences as a diplomat and ambassador, from the diplomatic terms needed for negotiations to the structure and role of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and her career and career path.

In particular, she said, “I want to say ‘Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way,’” and added, “It is the cutest way to describe diplomacy that I know.” “What we want to achieve through negotiations is to narrow our differences as much as possible and to understand what the other side agrees on and is comfortable accepting,” she continued. She emphasized, “Since the world of diplomacy is also made up of people, the character is important in the field of negotiation,” citing examples of how the personal chemistry between two negotiators makes the difference, either positively or negatively, in a negotiation. Finally, she said, “When all of the things above come together, you can achieve meaningful, long-lasting results. This is why we, as diplomats, spend so much time building networks, relationships, and friendships,” to conclude the lecture.

After the lecture, she communicated with the students freely for about 30 minutes through a question-and-answer session. Students asked about activities and fields of learning that are recommended for them to engage in during their student years to grow into experts in the field of international diplomacy and also talked about India’s culture and education system, which were difficult to encounter in ordinary times.