Signing Ceremony to Mark Start of Dual Degree Program with Korean University

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 1, 2006 – Officials with Southeast Missouri State University and SoonChunHyang University in Korea plan to enter into an agreement next week that will provide a dual degree program between the two institutions.

SoonChunHyang University is located in Asan City, northwest of Chungchongnam Province, about an hour from Seoul.

A delegation from SoonChunHyang University will be on the Southeast campus at 4 p.m. Feb. 6 in the University Center Indian Room to meet with Southeast administrators and faculty to discuss and sign the agreement, marking the start of the program. The Korean delegation will include Dr. Kyoil Suh, president of SoonChun Hyang University; Dr. Steven Ahn, director of Global Exchange; and Dr. Young Gwan Lee, director of the Foreign Language Education Center and chair of Asian Studies. Lee is an alumnus of Southeast, where he earned a master’s degree in history.

Dr. Adelaide Parsons, director of international programs at Southeast, said SoonChunHyang University is a medical school. She says Southeast has had an exchange program with the school for a year, during which Southeast has sent five students to study in Korea. During the same period, SoonChunHyang has sent one student to study in Cape Girardeau.

“Its reputation as a medical school is quite good … one of the best in Korea,” Parsons said.

Southeast students studying at SoonChunHyang University have had the opportunity to participate in internships, study Korean and take courses in Asian Studies, she said.

“Southeast students have received generous scholarships to underwrite the cost of airfare and living expenses,” she said.

Today’s agreement calls for facilitating a collaborative program of research, training, curriculum development, institutional development, information dissemination and exchange through a dual degree program. Deans and faculty from both institutions will mutually select majors for students to pursue through the program. At the conclusion of the program, both institutions will confer a bachelor’s degree in the agreed upon major.  In a departure from previous dual degree programs, this program will allow Southeast students to pursue an undergraduate degree in Asian Studies from Soonchunhyang University.

Initial dual degrees will lead to a bachelor of general studies degree with an emphasis in business administration or a bachelor of science in business administration, eventually leading to a master’s degree in business administration (MBA), Parsons said.  Southeast students will be able to receive a degree in Asian Studies from Soochunhyang University if they participate in the program for at least two semesters.