Troy University signs agreement with South Korean university | News
Troy University officials have cleared the way for cooperation with a South Korean university, a relationship that has its roots in Luverne.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., on Wednesday, signed a memorandum of agreement with Inje University, represented by Dr. Chang-Yong Kim, Dean of Public Relations and International Affairs, that opens the door for exchange of students and faculty, joint research and technical assistance and consultation.
The partnership, in part, was made possible due to a business connection between Dr. Judson Edwards, Dean of the Sorrell College of Business, and Gin Ro, a leader of SMART Alabama, LLC, Hyundai’s largest supplier. Mr. Ro is now back in Korea at the company’s headquarters and was able to connect the two universities.
“We truly value our relationships with the Hyundai suppliers in the region, and understand that Korean culture is important to Alabama citizens who will work for these companies,” Dr. Edwards said. “The signing of this partnership enables both universities to launch new initiatives relevant to both education and economic development.”
Inje University operates a medical school, and may seek to develop health sciences-related programs with TROY’s College of Health and Human Services, as well as initiatives with other colleges in the University.
“I look forward to exploring the many possibilities for student and faculty exchange programs with Inje University,” said Dr. Damon Andrew, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, who co-hosted the Korean Delegation with Dr. Edwards.
“The strengths of Inje University align well with those of Troy University, and the potential for synergism is indeed quite promising,” he said.
In addition to its medical school, which also offers nursing, the university’s colleges include Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Design, Pharmacy and Music. Its undergraduate enrollment is more than 14,500 students.
Source: Troy University Office of University Relations