The University of Regina strengthened its international ties on Monday by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.
Currently 14 students from South Korea are enroled at the University of Regina. That number is expected to increase after the signing of a MOU by University of Regina President Vianne Timmons and Kookmin University President Sung Woo Lee.
"This is the beginning of a long friendship," says President Timmons. She sees the MOU as the latest step in offering an international education at the University of Regina.
"This agreement isn't just about welcoming more students from South Korea to our University. It also means opportunties for our students and faculty members to study and conduct research in South Korea and collaborate on research projects with scholars from Kookmin University."
The MOU provides the framework for exchange programs between the two universities. As well, it establishes a 2 + 2 program in which students can study for two years at Kookmin University and then complete the final two years of their degree at the University of Regina. There are similar agreements between the University of Regina and universities in China and India, although this is the first agreement with a university in South Korea.
President Lee recently toured the University of Regina, along with two vice-presidents from Kookmin University, Dr. Seung Ryul Jeong, the vice-president of international affairs, and Dr. Hong Jae Yim, the vice-president of research.
"This MOU will provide awesome opportunties for both educational institutions to link together," says President Lee.
Kookmin University was established in 1946 and has 24,000 students. It has an international school that focuses on cultivating global experts, especially in the areas of international business and information technology.