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Aug. 30, 2006
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EMU's College of Business expands global reach through agreement with Korea's Kangwon National University

YPSILANTI – The Eastern Michigan University College of Business has signed an agreement with Kangwon National University (KNU) in Korea to enroll more graduate students at EMU. This is the second agreement that the college has signed with a Korean university and the first U.S. joint program for KNU.

“Kangwon National University is initially interested in providing opportunities for their undergraduates to pursue an MBA or a master of science in information systems in the U.S.,” Mielke said. “Our discussions also included three additional possibilities for their undergraduates, a two-plus-two, three-plus-one and a visiting student option. The first two provide for two or three years of study at KNU and then a transfer to EMU to complete our undergraduate business degree.”

The agreement provides additional potential as the partners discussed the possibility of a program designed for Korean business managers.

“KNU has excellent connections in the business community and expressed an interest in developing an educational program here for them. This would provide additional opportunities for economic partnerships with local companies,” Mielke said.

Kangwon National University is a public university with campuses in Samcheok and Chuncheon. It has about 15,000 students and offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

The connection between the two universities developed as a result of a summer English as a Second program offered by EMU. Five KNU students enrolled in that  program, which eventually led to the agreement.

The first ten graduate students from KNU are expected to enroll at EMU in fall 2008.




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