On Wednesday, June 25, Oregon State University President Ed Ray met with a delegation of three people from Dankook University in South Korea. The delegation was led by Hosung Chang, who is president of Dankook, an OSU alumnus, and president of an OSU-Korea alumni group.
Chang visited OSU to meet Ray, signed a memorandum of understanding, and met OSU faculty and staff to discuss Korean alumni relations, possible English language opportunities for Dankook students, and possible summer Engineering internships for OSU and Dankook students.
“We are pleased to sign the MOU with Dankook University to strengthen the relationship between our universities,” Ray said. “This visit takes on special meaning as…the delegation led by Dr. Chang marks the beginning of a new partnership to connect with Korean OSU alumni.”
Chang spoke with emotion about the gratitude that he and other alumnus feel for the support and guidance they received from their OSU faculty during their graduate studies. He spoke about the positive difference made by financial support in the form of assistantships and about the overall value of a U.S. education.
Dankook University is a private university in South Korea. There are two main campus locations: Jukjeon and Cheonan. The Jukjeon campus boasts technologically advanced classrooms, high-end facilities, ample dorm space and one of Korea’s most aesthetically beautiful university campuses. There is an extension campus in Cheonan, a city in South Chungcheong province, which sits on the face of beautiful hills and a lake and includes the largest hospital in the region, as well as the only four-year Mongolian Language and Literature Department in Korea. According to Wikipedia, the university hosts a student body of about 20,000, and employs about 630 instructors.
Chang received a MS (1985) and PhD (1993) in Electrical Engineering from OSU. He has facilitated more than $10,000 in gifts from the Korean Alumni Association. Ten Korean students have been identified who are either outstanding academically or have financial need. They will each receive $1,000 for Fall 2008.
The Korean Students Association of Oregon State University was founded in 1971 and has been active ever since.
OSU had 91 students from South Korea enrolled for fall 2007, approximately two-thirds are graduate students. Oregon State has 211 Korean alumni, 100 of whom are located in Seoul proper.