UNT hosts Korean university delegates to explore student transfer partnership

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Delegates from South Korea’s Joongbu University in Geumsan County and officials from the University of North Texas are examining the possibility of an undergraduate transfer partnership, directing well-qualified Korean students into UNT degree programs. In recent years, Joongbu has been named an Excellent University by the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE). The delegation consisted of Dr. Bo-Yun Lee (founder and honorary president), Dr. Soon-Hwan Jeon (professor of international trade), and two Korean UNT alumni, Dr. Kyungdoo “Ted” Nam and Dr. Kay Hong-Nam.

Korean students currently represent the third largest country of origin of all international students in the United States, according to the International Institute of Education. More than 260 South Korean students were enrolled at UNT during the fall 2011 term alone. South Korea is also a popular destination for UNT students studying abroad for semester and year studies. Given the strong UNT student interest in Korean culture as seen in UNT student organizations like the Korean Culture Exchange, and the distinguished corpus of UNT faculty with Korean roots, the University is developing active relationships with Korean partners to offer students an increasingly diverse and globally-relevant educational experience.

Attracting top Korean students to Denton has also been a valuable way for UNT to recognize and serve North Texas and its vibrant Korean community. This innovative connection with Joongbu was catalyzed by two Korean UNT alumni, Dr. Ted Nam and Dr. Kay Hong-Nam, who split their time between South Korea and Denton, where their two children attended UNT’s Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS). Interim vice provost of International Affairs, Rick Nader observed, “this recent visit is an example of how UNT alumni are ambassadors for the University beyond graduation, and UNT is grateful for the doors they are opening for us.”

The proposed program would enable qualified undergraduate students to take one year of UNT-quality general education courses and intensive language training at Joongbu before transferring to UNT. The delegates from Joongbu University met with representatives from UNT’s Business, Engineering, and Music programs during the visit, and expressed an interest in developing a special program with UNT’s Intensive English Language Institute.

During the delegation’s visit, Joongbu University founder Dr. Bo-Yun Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Warren Burggren, formalizing the exploratory relationship between the universities.

For more information, contact Claire Riley, UNT-International Partnerships and Special Initiatives Coordinator at (940) 369-8242 or Claire.riley@unt.edu.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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