Agreement to Bring Dozens of South Korean Students to SUNY Oswego
A South Korean university will send dozens of students to SUNY Oswego in January as the most visible example to date of the college’s increased recruitment of international students.
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul held ceremonies in February for 200 first-year students potentially destined to study for three more years at seven SUNY colleges. Of those, 53 students have been admitted, contingent on success this year, to spend their final three years at Oswego, starting in spring 2013.
“Partnerships such as this one, designed to facilitate degree-seeking transfer students from outside the United States on 1-plus-3 (years) and 2-plus-2 programs, are gaining traction,” said Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs. “We have multiple agreements, starting with China and Korea, and the HUFS program is the first to bear fruit in such a substantial way.”
Jerry Oberst ’77, associate director of admissions, represented SUNY Oswego at ceremonies in Seoul to kick off the series of agreements between Hankuk and SUNY colleges.
“Hankuk is a major university in Seoul,” Oberst said. “It’s an outstanding private institution where they teach 45 different foreign languages. It’s a great partnership to be associated with.”
SUNY last June announced plans to increase international enrollment by 14,000 students over the next five years, to approximately 32,000 across all 64 campuses. Oswego’s Hankuk and similar agreements, though smaller in scope so far, are also in line with the college’s goals, said Lorrie Clemo, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.
“Global education and international student mobility is a high priority for us,” Clemo said. “The way we are approaching this, with articulation agreements, ensures us we will have international students coming in to the college at a faster rate, and assures us they will be well-prepared for college-level work here. Every service and academic office is preparing for the arrival of the students, so that when they join our campus community, they will be well positioned for success.”
⎯ Jeff Rea '71
PHOTO CAPTION: Jerry Oberst ’77, front left, associate director of admissions at Oswego, poses with more than three dozen first-year South Korean college students among the 53 eligible accepted, contingent on success this year, for admission to Oswego for their final three years of undergraduate study. Oswego was also represented by Peace Li of the Office of International Education and Programs.
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