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Syracuse University, University of Seoul ink partnership pact

By Eric Reinhardt


University of Seoul President Yongkul Won (left) and Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud (right) sign a memorandum of understanding during a meeting held Jan. 8 on the Syracuse campus. (PHOTO CREDIT: JEREMY BRINN VIA SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY NEWS WEBSITE)

SYRACUSE — Syracuse University and the University of Seoul have developed a relationship that could lead to a university center in South Korea.

Other “possible outcomes” of their partnership could be the development of new University of Seoul programs that leverage Syracuse’s study abroad and study away facilities. 

They could also include the exchange of faculty members, joint research activities, including semiconductor research, and participation in joint seminars and workshops.

Leaders from both schools signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that  will advance and expand academic and cultural collaboration and exchange between the two universities. 

A delegation of leaders from the University of Seoul visited Syracuse on Jan. 8 to sign the MOU, Syracuse University said in an online news release.

The ongoing relationship between the two institutions includes an MOU between the University of Seoul and Syracuse University’s School of Architecture that was signed last year.

The Jan. 8 gathering represented the second meeting between Syracuse University representatives and the University of Seoul. 

The delegation visiting the Syracuse campus included Yongkul Won, the school president; Jung Hyeun Kim, dean of the College of Engineering; Kang Su Kim, dean of the College of Urban Science; Ji Hee Song, VP of international affairs; Nohjeong Park, chief secretary to the president; and Eunhwa Shin, head of international partnerships, per the news release.

They met with Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud, along with Gretchen Ritter, vice chancellor, provost and chief academic officer and several other school leaders. The group also toured campus. 

“As we seek to deepen Syracuse University’s relationships with partners in Korea, we were pleased to welcome leadership from the University of Seoul to our campus,” Ritter said in the news release. “We are interested in collaborating across many disciplines with our Korean counterparts, and I am very excited to explore these possibilities.”

A group from Syracuse — including Syverud, Ritter and Ruth Chen, professor of practice in the Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science — had visited the University of Seoul last March.

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