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SRU joins Kangwon's 40th anniversary

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - South Korea's Kangwon National University College of Business Administration, a Slippery Rock University education partner, will celebrate its 40th university with a three-day symposium. An SRU delegation will join in the Oct. 6-8 celebration.

David Valentine, interim dean of SRU's College of Business, Information and Social Sciences, and Abbas Noorbakhsh, a professor in SRU's School of Business, will present

"Globalization and How it is Helping Business Education at Slippery Rock University" as part of the conference.
"This event gives us a great opportunity to cement relations with their College of Business and with the entire university," Valentine said.

SRU announced expansion of its exchange agreement with Kangwon last December, including bringing up to five Korean students majoring in business to SRU annually. The exchange is seen as a way of engaging students from another culture into the culture at SRU - and it allows SRU students to study abroad.

KNU's College of Business Administration offers five undergraduate programs, including business administration, tourism administration, accounting, economic and international trade and business.

This year, 10 KNU students are studying at SRU and Song-Hee Kim is teaching Korean in SRU's department of modern languages and cultures as part of exchange agreements.

"I have been spending time with Kangwon's students and Dr. Kim trying to get a jump on the cultural aspects of South Korea and learn more about Kangwon University and how the two universities can better interact to benefit students at both institutions," Valentine said.

Kangwon is part of South Korea's comprehensive university system where each province has a primary campus. Each province in the country has a campus. The KNU campus at Chuncheon is comprised of 19 colleges, has an enrollment of 20,000 students and a branch campus in Seoul.

Representatives from universities in Russia, Australia, Canada, Japan and others will participate in the celebration. In addition to SRU, KNU has exchange agreements with 43 sister universities in 12 counties. Other universities in the U.S. with KNU agreements are the University of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State University the State University of New York at Albany and Clemson University.

"I hope to talk with officials about expanding our capabilities of sending students to study at Kangwon, both short-term and long-term, as part of our visit," Valentine said.

SRU and Kangwon created their first exchange program in 1988. Officials from Kangwon have said they see the exchange agreement as a great benefit to their students not only in education, but in improving cultural understanding as well.

SRU's School of Business has embraced the exchange agreement noting SRU's programs in international business work well in curriculum development, Valentine said.