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Office of International Studies and Programs
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Kookmin University Visits CWU

On Thursday, January 10, CWU hosted Mr. Jeongwon Lee, a manager in the Office of International Affairs at Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. Following a successful April 2018 visit in Seoul by Provost Katherine Frank and Director of International Student and Scholar Services Nicki Kukar, and a follow-up meeting at the May 2018 NAFSA Annual Conference that included Mr. Lee, Ms. Kukar, KMU Vice President for International Affairs Dong-Eun Lee, CWU Executive Director of International Studies and Programs Ediz Kaykayoglu and CWU Associate Director of Education Abroad Steven Cook, the two institutions concluded in July a bilateral exchange agreement that will see undergraduate students study abroad at each partner. The purpose of Mr. Lee’s visit was to familiarize himself with the CWU campus and academics in order to advise his students and to better understand CWU students who may be interested in studying in Korea, as well as to explore possible further options for collaboration.

While on-campus, Mr. Lee met with the Director of the University English as a Second Language program Matthew Britschgi, to learn about the program and how it may benefit KMU students, including specially designed short-term programs hosted by CWU. He also met with CWU faculty Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann, Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies; Dr. Michael Johnson, Chair of World Languages and Cultures; Dr. Volha Isakava, Assistant Professor of Russian; Dr. Chong Eun Ahn, Assistant Professor of History; and Prof. Jae Hee Kim, Lecturer in Theatre Arts, as well as International Studies and Programs staff. Topics of discussion included CWU’s efforts to establish Korean language instruction and Korean Studies programming and possible collaboration on these projects, opportunities at KMU for CWU students whether through bilateral exchange or short-term, faculty-directed programs, opportunities for mobility of faculty and the potential for hosting KMU students of Teaching Korean as a Second Language needing practica. Mr. Lee’s visit culminated in a meeting with Provost Frank summarizing these discussions and in which she expressed enthusiasm and support for the institutional relationship and the areas of collaboration mooted.

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