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USciences Signs MOU with Korea’s Far East University

By Brian Kirschner

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From left to right: Chul Soo Ye, Far East University (FEU) professor of computer science and dean of academic affairs; Ji Hyun Kim, FEU professor; Dr. Yun Kim, FEU chair professor and vice provost; Marvin Samson, USciences interim president; Kee-il Lyu, FEU president; and Dr. Russell J. DiGate, USciences provost.

University of the Sciences has forged an important relationship with Far East University (FEU) in Korea during a signing ceremony on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Central to signing the Memorandum of Understanding is the establishment of an exchange program to provide students from both universities with an educational, scientific, and cultural experience. As the program fortifies, the partnership will explore new opportunities, including joint faculty and academic program develop and the exchange of scientific materials and publications.

“University of the Sciences looks forward to working with our Korean colleagues. The healthcare industry has and will continue to be a global effort.  It is entirely appropriate that the training of healthcare personnel follow that same path.  We can learn a lot from one another,” said Provost Dr. Russell J. DiGate.

This summer, a pilot study abroad program will be launched and facilitated by USciences’ Occupational Therapy Program Chair Dr. Paula Kramer and Professor Rochelle Mendonca. They will travel to Korea with three OT students from July 21 to August 4. Conversely, FEU students will study at USciences from August 11 to August 25.

While at FEU, USciences students will be earning three credit hours. Students will explore healthcare and occupational therapy in Korea, observe treatment options, understand how culture affects practice, and compare the country’s health care system to that of the U.S. Coursework will incorporate various learning activities, including: lecture series, discussions, review of case studies, and touring clinical and cultural sites.

“I’m very excited about the benefits that can be derived from this summer’s faculty and student exchange program between USciences and Far East University,” said Dr. Walter Perry, associate dean of student affairs and director of multicultural affairs. “I look forward to continuing and developing this relationship in the years ahead.”

The delegation that visited USciences included FEU President Kee-il Lyu, Chair Professor and Vice Provost Yun Kim, and Professor Ji Hyun Kim.

USciences has collaborated on this international partnership with the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia, E. Harris Baum Honorary Consul General for the Republic of Korea, Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh, and the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.

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