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ASU, South Korea's Hannam University
enter into mutual opportunities agreement
May 27, 2010
Arkansas State University and Hannam University in South Korea joined
Thursday morning to sign agreements that will establish a foundation for
the leadership of both institutions to search for collaborative
opportunities that will mutually benefit both schools. The ceremony
took place in the lobby of the ASU Administration Building.
(From left) Dr. Hyungtae Kim, president of Hannam
University; Dr. Young Sung Suh, dean of the Office of Global Relations
and professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Hannam
University; Dr. Dan Howard, executive vice chancellor and provost of
Arkansas State University; and Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor of
Arkansas State University.
The documents were in both English and Korean and signed by ASU
representatives Dr. Robert L. Potts, chancellor, and Dr. Dan Howard,
executive vice chancellor and provost, and the South Korean delegation
which included Dr. Hyungtae Kim, president of Hannam University; Dr.
Young Sung Suh, dean of the Office of Global Relations and professor of
the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and Wonbae Kim, director of
the Center for International Relations.
“It’s particularly touching to have a delegation from a wonderful
university from South Korea on our campus today,” said Chancellor Potts.
“These are an optimistic, wonderful people and South Korea has one of
the strongest economies in the world. ASU is involved in a process of
internationalizing our campus--taking ASU to the world and bringing the
world to ASU--and we have done that through the support of our faculty,
staff and administration.”
Potts commended Dr. Howard, Director of International Student Services
Tugrul Polat and the staff in International Programs for their work in
helping to build academic relationships through ASU’s international
programs. He also pointed out that, economically, ASU’s international
program is very important to the university’s budget, and he cited the
professional operation by the program’s staff and the support of ASU’s
faculty and students.
Arkansas State University has previously entered into globalization
agreements with universities in China, Japan, Kuwait and Turkey. During
the 2009-10 academic year, 456 international students in the degree
program and 330 in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program
representing nearly 65 countries attended Arkansas State.
The three agreements between ASU and Hannam University will allow the
exchange of academic courses and programs and for ASU to offer English
as a Second Language on the Hannam University campus. University
officials anticipate future ASU students can begin their academic
careers at Hannam University where they can study on the undergraduate
level for two to three years. Most of the courses taken will transfer to
The second arrangement calls for spending two academic years at Hannam
University and two calendar years at ASU to pursue a degree in a
specific discipline. If a student studies three calendar years at
Hannam, he or she can receive two degrees—one at HU and the other at
All courses taken at ASU will transfer to Hannam and students have the
opportunity to earn two baccalaureate degrees from the two universities
in a four-year academic career.
The third portion
of the agreement states that ASU will deliver English as second language
at Hannam University. Instructors from the two institutions will join
forces to present the courses.
“It has been our dream to create a global community which brings
Arkansas State University to the world and the world to Arkansas State
University,” said Dr. Howard. “It provides a much more diverse and much
more enriched community at our university.”
Hannam University, which just celebrated its 50th
anniversary, was founded in March, 1956, through the efforts of Dr.
William A. Linton, chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the American
Southern Presbyterian Mission in Korea. Hannam University is located in
Daejeon in the center of
South Korea. It is the fifth
largest city in South Korea, with a population of approximately 1.5
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