In January, President Lee Bae-yong made mutual agreements with several universities, further expanding the number of exchange students and tuition benefits available to various schools. The agreements proceed from Ewha’s global campus network project by newly launching the “Ewha in Singapore” and by strengthening “Ewha in Hong Kong” programs.
As part of the agreements, four students from the Department of Medicine will be sent to National University of Singapore (NUS) Medical School tuition free. Also, Ewha was designated as a “recommendable university for medical training,” by the NUS Medical School, which will work to enhance exchanges between the two schools.
"This partnership with NUS is significant as it is an interchange between specific majors, in this case, medical studies,” said Suh Young-joo, a staff member at the Office of Global Affairs (OGA).
Agreements to increase the number of exchange students and to develop exchange student programs were made with Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University, respectfully. With the addition of the agreement to the Singaporean universities, Ewha’s global network project has now expanded to a total of fourteen regions.
Moreover, Lee visited the United Board (UB), the supporting foundation of the University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Christian University during her visit to Hong Kong from January 21 to January 23, to expand the “Ewha in Hong Kong” program.
“Geographical factor is the biggest reason for increasing summer school programs in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is close to Korea, so it would be not so burdensome for students to visit there during the vacation,” said Suh.
The school is trying to offer summer school programs with the University of Hong Kong for free of charge for Ewha students. Lingnan University has designated Ewha as its own satellite campus in Korea to send half of its students by 2012.
“Our goal is to send 60% of Ewha students abroad by 2010 through global campus networks. This is a significant project pursued by President Lee since her inauguration,” said Suh.
According to Suh, the global campus network will be widened in the near future to cover countries in Oceania, Canada, Spain, and so on.