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June 25, 2008


Summer Program is First Collaboration with South Korean University and Represents ‘Important Milestone’ for CCNY Internationally

NEW YORK, June 25, 2008 – Thirty-one undergraduate and graduate students from Kyung Hee University (KHU) in Seoul, South Korea, will spend four weeks at The City College of New York (CCNY) as participants in the first CCNY-KHU Collaborative Summer Program in Business English, Communications and Academic Research Writing.  The program runs July 7 through August 1.  A reception for the visiting students will be held at CCNY July 8.

It is the first collaboration established under a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year between CCNY and KHU’s College of Business Administration and Graduate School.  The memorandum calls for both institutions to “explore further possibilities for establishing collaborative projects.”

“For the first time in our history, an entire cohort of international students from a single institution will be taking instruction on our campus from our faculty in order to receive credit from their school,” said Dr. Gregory H. Williams, President of The City College of New York.  “The goal of both universities is to build off this initial summer program toward full collaboration on academic credit opportunities and research.”

“The agreement is an important milestone in our thrust to become a truly international institution,” President Williams noted.  CCNY currently offers a Master of Arts in Secondary Education, English, in Innsbruck, Austria, and has an agreement with State University of Tetovo (SUT) in Macedonia to help create an environmental science and technology program at that institution and to facilitate student exchanges. 

The Kyung Hee students will take two intensive courses in Business English and Communications and Academic Research Writing and Style that were developed and will be taught by CCNY professors.  Each course consists of 48 hours of instruction and meets Mondays through Thursdays. 

Students selected for the program represent a broad spectrum of the academic programs offered at KHU, and include doctoral and masters degree candidates, as well as undergraduates.  They were selected based on their academic achievement and English speaking ability.

“City College of New York and Kyung Hee University have similar philosophies,” noted John George Walsh Jr., Associate Dean of KHU’s College of Business Administration.  “We both aspire to provide access to higher education to primarily first generation college students in an urban setting.”

The shared philosophy was just one criterion that factored in KHU’s decision.  “In our balanced scorecard approach, our conclusion was that the quality of the faculty, competitiveness of top tier students, diversity, endowment size, costs, and location positioned City College of New York to be our partner university in New York City,” he said.

In 2007, Kyung Hee University’s President, Inwon Choue, set a goal for the institution to become more global, Dean Kunwoo Kim of KHU’s College of Business Administration explained.  President Choue directed his Deans to reach out to other research-level university systems worldwide for strategic mutual exchanges or collaborations for both students and faculty.

Dean Byung-suh Kang of The Graduate School at KHU noted the strong demand in South Korea for students to learn English in order for the country to be more competitive in the global economy.  “English has become the primary choice of second language acquisition in Korea,” he said.  “The average Korean starts English instruction in elementary school and progresses through college.”

About Kyung Hee University

Founded in 1949, Kyung Hee University is a comprehensive private university serving approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students with a full-time faculty of approximately 1,200 members.  It offers 71 undergraduate majors, 65 masters programs and 63 doctoral programs through 24 colleges and schools as well as 18 professional and special graduate schools on three campuses in Seoul, Global and Kwangnung.  For additional information, visit www.kyunghee.edu.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines.  Over 14,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.  For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.