Woo Hee-jong

Woo Hee-jong (Korean: 우희종, born 21 January 1958) is a South Korean educator and politician. He has been a professor of veterinary science at Seoul National University since 1992. He was one of the co-Presidents of the Platform Party, along with Choi Bae-geun.

Woo Hee-jong
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President of the Platform Party
In office
8 March 2020 – 13 May 2020
Serving with Choi Bae-geun until 16 April 2020
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byPosition abolished
Personal details
Born (1958-01-21) 21 January 1958 (age 63)
Seoul, South Korea
CitizenshipSouth Korean
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Platform (2020)
Alma materSeoul National University
OccupationEducator, politician
Woo Hee-jong
Revised RomanizationU Hui-jong
McCune–ReischauerU Hŭichong

Born in Seoul, Woo earned a bachelor's degree in veterinary science at Seoul National University in 1981.[1] He then continued his postgraduate studies at University of Tokyo.[1] Following the graduation, he worked as a lecturer at University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Boston University.[1] In 2020, he established a new party, For the Citizens,[2] in which was later renamed as the Platform Party.[3]

Woo harshly criticised the-then President Lee Myung-bak for importing American beef to South Korea, which was related to mad cow disease.[4] Critics denounced him for exaggerating the disease.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "32. 서울대 수의학과 우희종 교수". 2 June 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  2. ^ "[세계타임즈TV] 시민을 위하여 플랫폼 정당 창당대회". 8 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  3. ^ "민주당 비례정당은 '더불어시민당'…"열린민주당은 유사품"". 18 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. ^ "[광우병 이것이 궁금하다] 안전성 논란 뜯어보니". 3 May 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  5. ^ "[사설]광우병 촛불시위 주도 비호 세력도 사과하라". 7 September 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2020.