Dr Giulio Paunga, Acting USP Vice-Chancellor and Dr Sang-hann Lee, President of Hansung University after signing the agreement.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) and Hansung University, Korea signed an agreement on 11 January 2017, for a student exchange programme that will support the promotion of all-round development of students, particularly in the areas of global outlook and cultural appreciation.
The agreement gives an opportunity to USP students to study abroad with the waiver of tuition fees and allows the International Office to meet Key Performance Indicators under Priority Area 3 in USP Strategic Plan 2013 – 2018, in sending outbound students and enhancing students’ opportunities for international exchange.
Under the agreement each institution may nominate a total of one (1) Undergraduate student for programmes of study extending up to one academic year.
While signing the agreement, Acting USP Vice-Chancellor, Dr Giulio Paunga said that he was delighted to be signing the agreement for the promotion of international exchange between USP and Hansung University from Korea, which is a fruition of the efforts made by USP’s International Office.
Dr Paunga said that the Agreement will serve as a general framework for cooperation between the two Universities and is intended to facilitate discussions of more specific programmes of collaboration.
He added that the agreement signing would mean an increase in student exchange, which will not only raise the international profile of the University but also add to the internationalisation of student experiences at USP.
This, he said, also contributes to the University’s student graduate attributes in cross cultural competencies such as understanding and appreciation of social cultural and linguistic diversity.
“It is worth noting that these exchanges bring about positive change to individual students, not only through the benefit of professionalism but also through the establishment of networking and friendship. I believe that the host University will also learn and benefit from the foreign students studying at its campuses,” Dr Paunga said.
Dr Sang-hann Lee, President of Hansung University briefed the USP team about his University and Campus.
Hansung University, which is a privately owned University, is located in the heart of the capital of South Korea and has an enrolment of close to 10,000 students.
According to Dr Sang-hann Lee, the university also provides consultation services to small and medium businesses and corporations.
“This is the area in which we build our reputation around, in Korea,” Dr Sang-hann Lee said.
The University, he added, is nationally recognised in the area of public administration.
Dr Sang-hann Lee said that he was pleased to sign the agreement and looks forward to the student exchange programme between the two universities.
The Agreement will be in force for five (5) years and may be revised and/or renewed upon mutual consent.
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