UCO Partners With Top-Ranked Teacher Education University In South Korea

University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz (left) and Busan National University of Education in South Korea President Kim Sang-Yong (right) met to sign an agreement to become partner universities.

Feb. 20, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, cbass4@uco.edu

UCO PARTNERS WITH TOP-RANKED TEACHER EDUCATION UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH KOREA

The University of Central Oklahoma recently signed an agreement to partner with Busan National University of Education (BNUE) in Busan, South Korea, allowing students to study overseas at the highest ranked teacher education university in the nation.

Based on governmental evaluation on education universities, BNUE has been recognized as the top education university in South Korea three years in a row.

"With BNUE being a top provider of education in Korea, this will provide unique possibilities and opportunities for our College of Education and Professional Studies in ways that we are still exploring,” said Dennis Dunham, Ph.D., executive director of the Office of International Services.

Central has developed solid relations with universities in South Korea through its International Office at Inje University located in the southeast part of South Korea.  Those relationships aided Central in securing this sixth partnership with this university.

Dunham added that Central’s decision to work with Korean universities is reinforced by the nation’s highly established economy and advanced technology relative to other less developed nations, making it more comparable to the U.S.

Currently, Central has only one student studying in Korea, but Dunham said he hopes to have 40 to 50 or more in the next year. Conversely, South Korean students make up 11.5% of international students attending UCO, and this partnership could increase that number.

Central’s study abroad program has students located in eight countries and aims to equip students to be culturally competent and able to interact in meaningful and productive ways with those of different cultures.

For more information on Central’s study abroad program visit www.uco.edu/cgc or call Central’s Centre for Global Competency at 405-974-2390.

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Editor’s Note: Art for publication may be downloaded at www.uco.edu/photo/BNUEPartnership2.13.

Cutline: University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz (left) and Busan National University of Education in South Korea President Kim Sang-Yong (right) met to sign an agreement to become partner universities. This will allow Central students and faculty to apply for study and work exchange overseas.