The Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas has signed an agreement with Dongguk University in Seoul, South Korea, whereby they enter into a cooperative agreement of exchange and collaboration commencing with the academic year 2016/2017. Rev. Tae Sik Han, President of Dongguk University and Fr. Michael Carragher, OP, Pro-Rector of the Angelicum were the signatories.
The delegation of the Angelicum consisted of three people: Fr. Prof. Stipe Juric, OP, Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Fr. Prof. Michael Fuss, Ph.D., Professor of Mission Studies & History of Religions with emphasis on Buddhism and New Religious Movements of the Faculty of Theology (who had given a special lecture to Dongguk University on the commitment of the Roman Catholic Church for a dialogue of peace), and Prof. Jae-Suk Lee of the Faculty of Theology who acted as mediator, translator and organizer of the event.
The venture took place at the highest level, with the participation of the Apostolic Nunciature, Korean Conference of Bishops, Pontifical Council for Inter-religious dialogue and spiritual and academic authorities of the Buddhist order.
Similar to the Angelicum, Dongguk University is a religious university in the hands of Buddhist monks. Both the Buddhist and Catholic media in Korea gave high regard to this event.