Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE and Dr Jay Gill Pyeon of the Korean-based Youngsan University’s School of Tourism & Foreign Languages.
In an effort to maximise student learning experience, The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) is reaching out to industry to secure long-term partnerships.
To this end, the School of Language, Arts and Media (SLAM) led by Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE and the Head of School Professor Sudesh Mishra, met with Dr Jay Gill Pyeon of the Korean-based Youngsan University’s School of Tourism & Foreign Languages.
The meeting at the Laucala Campus in Suva on 4 October 2018 saw fruitful discussions on potential opportunities available for students both here at USP and at Youngsan University.
“We want our students not only to acquire new experiences but are ready for the workforce through maximum exposure whilst completing their studies,” Dr Kedrayate said.
At the moment, students from the Journalism programme go for attachments to New Zealand universities.
FALE is also willing to provide English classes for Korean teachers from Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Youngsan University.
“Based on our collaboration, we would like this to be reciprocal. We want to strengthen a sustained relationship with Korea by offering training for your volunteers and teachers from KOICA while our students come over for placements in specific areas,” she noted.
“We would like some of our key final-year students to be attached and get exposure since Korea is leading in so many areas. We want them getting the maximum benefit,” she added.
Dr Pyeong welcomed the discussions saying the talks could possibly develop into fruition for the benefit of both parties.
Other key points discussed included:
• Human exchanges – education and training in the fields of mutual interests, exchange programmes for on-the-job training;
• Exchanges of all sorts of educational matters in the fields of business and management, judicial affairs, design, foreign languages & ICT;
• Facility and equipment interchanges;
• Job training for students; and
• Management of industry-university cooperation programmes by consultations.
Dr Pyeon will revert with specific details required to be able to formalise an understanding after which an agreement will be officially signed.
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