Maria Angela J. Tamoria, Forester I at the DENR-PENRO Cavite, was the only academic excellence awardee in the 4th batch of Master of Science in Urban and Regional Development at the University of Seoul, South Korea under the sponsorship of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Another Filipino who finished the course is Rose Ann Arienda, an Agricultural Engineer at the Department of Agriculture. Former DENR Assistant Secretary and current Executive Director of the Seoul-based Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), Ricardo Calderon was present during the graduation rites as a special guest. Other graduates were from Azerbaijan, Tunisia, Ecuador, Myanmar, Ghana, Indonesia, Fiji, Rwanda, Kyrgyztan, Bangladesh, Palestine, Lao PDR, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Uganda, and Uzbekistan.

Aside from Tamoria, Kate Louis Origenes, Ecosystems Management Specialist I at the DENR CALABARZON Region, is also a KOICA scholar currently doing advance studies on Urban and Regional Development at the University of Seoul.