June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
June 22, 2013
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Establishing an American Global Campus in SUNY Korea Challenges and Excitement in Preparing Global EngineersGlobal outreach and collaboration of education and research in a globalized world will play asignificant role in the 21st century to prepare global engineers. In a global campus, students andfaculty are thrust into a cross-cultural environment that challenges intellectually the modes ofbeing and the ways of learning. A global engineer often has to face such cross-cultural tensionwhen interacting with people under the context of globalization. Stony Brook University (SBU)in New York has established a global campus, called SUNY Korea, in Songdo, Republic ofKorea, which serves as a venue for the preparation of global engineers. With a diverse studentbody and faculty, SUNY Korea reflects the spirit of globalization in offering an education thatrequires students to learn not only the skills of engineering and technology on the SUNY Koreacampus, but also the American hallmarks of liberal arts education on the home campus in NewYork by choosing from among a rich variety of courses taught by nearly a thousand facultycombined. This is accomplished by requiring SUNY Korea students to take residency for at leasttwo semesters on the home campus at SBU.Many models of global collaboration exist in forging coalition and collaboration for suchinternational venture. Stony Brook University (SBU) was invited by the Korean government toestablish a global campus in the new Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in 2008 to deliverboth undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The dream of a global campus was finallyrealized when SUNY Korea opens its door to an inaugural class of graduate students in Mach2012, and undergraduate students in March 2013—all with the approval of the Ministry ofEducation, Science and Technology (MEST) of the Korean government that has invested wellover 350 millions USD to build the SUNY Korea campus and Songdo Global UniversityCampus (SGUC) central facilities. SUNY Korea is the very first American university, and globaluniversity, in South Korea which offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees.Like the global engineers that SUNY Korea seeks to educate in an American global campus withcross-cultural exposure and innovative approaches to challenges, SUNY Korea has been builtthrough a journey filled with many cross-cultural conflicts, challenges, excitement, and setback.With a trail-blazing effort in an academia-government-industry collaboration—a commonconcept, except being manifested at a much elevated and globalized level, SUNY Korea isestablished to give students unique perspectives of globalization to deliver an Americaneducation intermingled with Korean economic vibrancy which aspires to global co-prosperity,global entrepreneurship, and imaginative business development in the graduates of this firstAmerican university in Korea. SUNY Korea has received government research and educationgrants in its first year, and forged partnership with global companies which provide internshipand employment opportunities to foster the education and intellectual growth of a newgeneration of global engineers.With the ongoing development and evolution of education landscape worldwide, we considerSUNY Korea as a lab in which experiments of education are conducted with accumulatedexperience to continuously improve the outcomes of preparing global engineers. In thispresentation, we will share our experience of this continuing journey, including a plethora ofchallenges we have faced and excitement which exhilarates us.
Kao, I., & Shamash, Y. A., & Kim, C. (2013, June), Establishing an American Global Campus in SUNY Korea: Challenges and Excitement in Preparing Global Engineers Paper presented at 2013 ASEE International Forum, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/17228
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