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Alfred University to explore offering programs in Korea

Alfred University has signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to Alfred University degrees being offered at Songdo Global University Campus in Korea.

Located in the Incheon Free Enterprise Zone, (IFEZ) – a planned community in Songdo International City, South Korea, that is positioned as a business hub for northeast Asia – the global university hopes to eventually offer degree programs from a number of internationally recognized colleges and universities.

“We are honored to be invited to submit a proposal to offer programs at Songdo Global University Campus, “said Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson, who visited the site for the campus earlier this month.

“The Global University is intended to comprise approximately 10 universities from around the world, offering their most prestigious programs. Construction of this campus is in its second stage (at an estimated cost of $1 billion). It is designed to facilitate the social integration of students from diverse nationalities and academic programs and to serve as model of environmentally advanced design. This initiative fits in well with our interest in offering international opportunities for faculty and students,” he said.

On hand for the signing on the Alfred University campus was Jong Cheol Lee, commissioner of IFEZ. Other members of the delegation including Soonho Kim, executive director of IFEZ’s Service Industry Division; J.T. Kim, director of IFEZ’s Education team; Helena Jung, project manager for the Education team; Sang Ki Min, director of Ministry of Knowledge Economy of Korea; and Hye Jin Choi, deputy director of Ministry of Knowledge Economy.

Edmondson noted the University already has a number of alumni in Korea, most of whom earned degrees in ceramic engineering from Alfred and returned to their country to work in materials-based industries.

When completed, the campus will encompass nearly 73 acres, with more than seven million square feet of space. More than 10,000 students are expected to enroll in the programs.

Under the terms of the initial agreement, Alfred University will prepare a full proposal for review by IFEZ. “If the proposal that Alfred will develop is approved by all parties in Korea, an academic program might be implemented as early as 2013,” noted Edmondson. The full proposal will require the approval of the IFEZ Committee for Educational Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

IFEZ will provide the basic facilities and services for the program, rent-free for the first five years. The South Korean government will assist with operational expenses for the first five years.