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by Kalamalama staff
Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jeff Philpott lead a delegation of HPU administrators to Konkuk University’s 2009 i-FUN conference in Seoul, South Korea, March 25-27. HPU was one of 40 schools worldwide to be invited to the networking event, with received a special spot in this networking event which included a private meeting with Konkuk University President Dr. Myung Oh, former Deputy Prime Minister and minister of information and science of the Republic of South Korea, also known as the father of I.T. in Korea.
“ We were the only university at the conference to have a private meeting with Dr. Oh,” said Philpott. “It was a real honor for HPU.”
Philpott added that the purpose of the event was to galvanize Konkuk University’s globalization efforts, to further solidify relations with partner universities, including HPU, and to bring the world’s leading globalized campus together in one conference.
“ HPU was recognized by Konkuk University for its diversity student body and faculty, and also by its commitment to provide students with the opportunity to study and live abroad in more than 16 countries through exchange partnerships with more than 30 partner institutions,“ Philpott added.
Among the 40 participating institutions visiting schools, HPU was the only University to personally meet with Dr. Oh. During the meeting, HPU’s global citizenship practices and plans between the two institutions for building students’ global competence through various international collaborative programs were discussed.
“ This will be translated in more opportunities for our students to study in Korea,” said Philpott, who was accompanied by Dr. Aytun Ozturk, dean of the College of business Administration, Dr. Justin Cho, associate professor of management, and Yonghwan Bang, associate director of International Admissions. One of the highlights of the event was Bang’s presentation on U.S. university perspectives on globalization in Asian higher education sectors (China, Japan, and Korea).
Other Konkuk partner institutions attending the event included representatives from countries such as Switzerland, UK, Australia, Japan, France, Finland, Turkey, Indonesia, and Vietnam.


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