Korean University President Dr. Nam Gi Park Visits LIU Post
President of Gwangju National University of Education to sign agreement pledging exchange of faculty & students, joint cultural & research programs
Rita Langdon ’91 ’95 (M.A.),Associate Provost/Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – Dr. Nam Gi Park, president of Gwangju National University of Education in South Korea, visited LIU Post on January 30 and 31 to meet with Long Island University officials and signed an agreement pledging to explore opportunities for educational and cultural exchange.
The agreement – which could lead to exchanges of faculty and students and joint research projects, conferences and cultural programs – is part of Long Island University's Internationalization initiative. Since 2009, more than 100 faculty and staff at Long Island University's residential campuses, LIU Post and LIU Brooklyn, have worked to identify ways to infuse an international/intercultural dimension to all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service and outreach.
Dr. Park's itinerary was organized by Dr. Haeryun Choi, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr. Robert Hannafin, dean of the College of Education and Information Sciences, in conjunction with the provost's office. "The College is both honored and excited to host Dr. Park's visit," said Dr. Hannafin. "We look forward to exploring deep educational and cultural experiences for students and faculty." Dr. Park met with LIU President David J. Steinberg, LIU Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeffrey Kane and LIU Post Provost Paul Forestell as part of his visit to the campus, located on the north shore of Long Island in Brookville, N.Y.
"We are honored by Dr. Park's visit, and we are certain our new relationship with Gwangju National University of Education will yield many benefits for students and faculty at both institutions," Dr. Kane said.
Dr. Forestell said, "Opportunities for cultural exchange are a high priority at our campus, and we look forward to working with Dr. Park and his university on many exciting projects."
LIU Post will host 20 students from Gwangju National University of Education this summer. The goal of the program is to provide students with English language skill development, and deepen their knowledge of and experience with American cultural and educational practice. The four-week program will include language instruction, visits to New York metropolitan area cultural venues, local public schools, and opportunities to forge collegial relationships with LIU Post faculty and students.
While the Internationalization effort is relatively recent (stemming from LIU's participation in the American Council on Education's Internationalization Laboratory in 2009-2010), the university's outreach to other nations and cultures is not. LIU Global, the academic unit originally known as Friends World College, maintains overseas centers and program sites in Costa Rica, China, India, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ecuador and Peru.
LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) enrolls approximately 700 international students, nearly 10 percent of its total enrollment, from more than 40 countries.
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