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Successful International Partnership Adds Global Perspective

Published January 21, 2014

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Sock Chung and Michael Tidwell

Dr. Sock Chung and Dr. Michael
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Since Eastern Michigan University began it's partnership with Keimyung University, 55 students have graduated from the program, including nine this December. In January, the programs eight cohort of 16 students will arrive at Eastern to begin their studies.

The partnership between EMU and KMU, located in Daegu, Korea, was signed in 2005 and the first cohort of students started their two-year program at Eastern in the 2007 winter semester.

"Everyone who has started the program has finished with a degree from both KMU and EMU," said Deedra Springgay, the undergraduate student services coordinator at EMU's College of Business. "Both schools are very proud of our students and how they have grown as professionals and world citizens."

The dual-degree program allows students to choose from any of Eastern's 13 business degrees. They begin the program as juniors in the winter semester and, while they complete most of their foundational business courses with KMU, they complete another 45-60 credits during their time at Eastern.

"The importance and need of a global perspective has been well recognized in business education," said Sock Chung, a professor in computer information systems. "This was a concrete example for the COB's global strategy."

Students from KMU are involved on campus in other aspects besides their studies as well. They join student organizations and even serve as executive board members in the organizations.

"[The students] truly grow into ambassadors of Korea, KMU and EMU," said Springgay. "They are some of the college's highest academic achievers and several have stayed on to do their graduate work with us."

Students also act as mentors to new KMU students when they arrive on campus, says Springgay. The experienced students help the new students get settled in their on campus housing, taking them around town, getting them involved on campus and helping them adjust to the culture shock of coming to America.

"The ambassadorship of our shared students bring a wealth of assets to our classrooms, class group work, and casual and professional dialogs and conversations," said Springgay. "In modern business global awareness and experience is not optional, but a must. We want our citizens to get involved, professional world citizens and I believe this partnership is an important step in that direction."

-- Written by Emily Vontom, a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where she will soon earn her master's degree in written communications.

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