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Jan. 13, 2006
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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EMU, Korean agreement could lead to investment opportunities in Michigan

YPSILANTI - What’s good for Eastern Michigan University usually benefits the state of Michigan and a recent trip to Korea by College of Business Dean David Mielke is no exception.

            Aside from signing what is the first dual undergraduate degree program by any university with Keimyung University in Korea, Mielke also signed a memorandum of understanding to pursue research partnerships and met with business representatives about business opportunities in Michigan.

“It was a great opportunity to sell southeastern Michigan,” Mielke said. “I was asked to make presentations to two different business groups in Daegu.”

            The Koreans are interested in research and development, IT and biomedical opportunities in Michigan, according to Mielke.

The first presentation was to a group of business executives involved in The Center for Digital Industry Promotion of Daegu. The focus of this group was that the current business world has been transformed into an information and cultural society.

The Medical Telematics Program at Keimyung University coordinated the second presentation. This group was primarily composed of representatives of the bio-medical industry including some researchers and entrepreneurs.

“In addition to my talk about opportunities for partnerships here, I provided them with information about Pfizer and “SPARK.”  SPARK is the name of the economic development group recently formed by members that include the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Ann Arbor Bank and Pfizer.  This new non-profit will market and promote the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area as a hub of innovation and technology development as well as help start-ups and entrepreneurs.  Mielke is a member of their board of directors.

 “It was very rewarding to be able to promote the many positives we have going for us,” Mielke said.

            Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.

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Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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