Chancellor Randy Woodson recently led an NC State delegation on a visit to Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea to promote a closer relationship between the two institutions. Discussions with Hanyang University leadership along with representatives from their International Office, College of Engineering and Industry-University Cooperation Foundation set out a new framework to advance joint research and promote strategic scholarly exchanges.
“Our recent visit to Hanyang University was focused on developing specific plans for collaboration with university leadership in joint research, faculty exchange, student mobility, and academic degrees,” said Bailian Li, senior vice provost for global engagement.
Starting as South Korea’s first engineering institute (Dong-A Engineering Institute in 1939), Hanyang University has now evolved into a research-intensive private university that consists of 23 colleges and 19 graduate schools. It also established the first school of architecture and civil engineering in Korea. The main campus is in Seoul and the second one, ERICA campus (Education Research Industry Cluster at Ansan), is located in Ansan.
Hanyang University has made significant investments of time, personnel, and expense in efforts to achieve further internationalization. International collaboration with partner universities involves visiting professorships, student exchange programs, and international conferences. Each year since 1997, the Hanyang International Summer School offers more than 40 English-taught courses to international students, including Korean Studies, humanities, business, economics, international relations, media and communications, design, science, sports, and the Korean language.
Faculty at Hanyang and NC State will continue to be an integral part of expanding collaboration and providing opportunities for students. Currently, ten NC State alumni are faculty members or hold leadership positions at Hanyang University, including the president, executive vice president, and the former president.
“Hanyang University is one of the best STEM-focused universities in South Korea with strong research and industry collaboration. More importantly, NC State has a long connection with Hanyang University. As a part of NC State’s Asia Strategy, we are focused on fostering strong linkages with Hanyang University as a strategic partner to enable advancement in education, research, and economic development,” said Li.
The delegation to Hanyang University included the following:
- Chancellor Randy Woodson
- Bailian Li, Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement
- David Hinks, Dean of the Wilson College of Textiles
- Douglas Reeves, Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs, College of Engineering
- Richard Kim, Jimmy D. Clark Distinguished University Professor, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering
- Jeong Powell, Director of International Admissions and Recruitment, Undergraduate Admissions
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