December 5, 2016 – The University of Utah Asia Campus (Chief Administrative Officer, Chris Ireland) hosted its ‘3rd Annual University of Utah Alumni Event’ on Friday, December 2 at J.W. Marriott Hotel.
Being the third annual alumni event with the largest attendance of its kind, it was designed to promote fellowship and continuous exchange of ideas among the Korean alumni of The University of Utah. Current University of Utah Asia Campus students also attended this event, strengthening the relationship between the alumni who graduated from The University of Utah and its Asia Campus students.
Five U Asia Campus communication students are working on recording stories about the Korean War after each of them were selected to receive funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The funds provide students and faculty members the chance to work collaboratively on projects.
On Aug. 31 the University of Utah Asia Campus in Incheon, South Korea, opened its doors to more than 125 students (up from 81 last semester and just 13 in fall 2014). The new students were welcomed with orientation activities prior to beginning classes and joined faculty, staff and administrators to learn more about the campus, academic opportunities and college life.
At orientation, the students received their Stoles of Gratitude, a U tradition extended to the Asia Campus. They’re given to students at the launch of their college careers and are told to gift them to someone at graduation who has made a significant contribution during their educational journey. The stoles act as reminders that no one successfully completes college alone and it takes a community of support.
In October 2015 The University of Utah will partnering with Japan Women’s University to hold a symposium discussing the state of social work in Asia. The symposium will be taking place at the U Asia campus in Songdo, South Korea.
Q: What is your job title and what do you do within the OGE?
A: Within OGE I am the main Campus Director for the Asia Campus. I live and work here in Salt Lake City, but my main duties are focused on serving the Asia Campus by promoting it here on the main campus by giving presentations to various departments, and working with the offices around campus to ensure a seamless experience for our students.
Songdo, west of Seoul, has gradually become a regional education hub in East Asia, as prestigious global universities set up their campuses in the emerging international business town.
The University of Utah joined the State University of New York (SUNY) and George Mason University to open its global campus in Korea’s second-largest port city.
The Ministry of Education approved Utah’s plan to begin its classes in the upcoming fall semester.