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DIT signs landmark agreements with prestigious Korean Universities

Posted: 24 November, 2017

Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) has signed bilateral agreements with three South Korean universities during an Enterprise Ireland Education mission to Seoul led by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD.

Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Education & Skills witnessed the bilateral agreement signing between DIT and SSU on 22nd Nov at Conrad during his visit to the 6th Asia-Europe Education Ministerial Meeting (ASEMME6) in Seoul. [L-R] Dr Jun-Seong Hwang, President of SSU, Minister for Education & Skills, Dr Michael Collins, School of Computing DIT

Dr Michael Collins of the DIT School of Computing signed the agreements which will provide for greater staff and student exchange over the next five years between the Institute and Hanyang University, Kyungpook National University (KNU) and Soongsil University (SSU).

Bilateral Agreement is signed by DIT and KNU in presence of Richard Bruton T.D. Minister for Education & Skills. [L-R] Ambassador to Republic of Korea H.E. Julien Clare, Dr.Young-Su SHIN, Vice Dean of Int’l Affairs of KNU, Minister for Education & Skills, Dr Michael Collins, School of Computing DIT,  Giles O’Neill, Head of International Education and Pat O’Riordan, Director-North Asia of Enterprise Ireland

Commenting on the development Dr Robert Flood, Head of International Affairs at DIT said, “This exciting collaboration led by the DIT School of Computing is part of the EU funded project, GlobalWorkIT, which has seen DIT partnered with colleges in Korea, Germany and Finland. GlobalWorkIT will prepare European and Korean students for employment in the international ICT industry by enhancing mutual understanding of global ICT issues, languages and cultures.”

The agreements allow for the following joint activities:

  • enhancing student mobility which includes technical, cultural & linguistic training and industry experience for 36 EU and 63 Korean students,
  • an online module (the Global Classroom ) available to both mobility (99) and other students (54) to provide an ‘internationalisation at home’ opportunity for students that cannot travel (153 total),
  • an internationalised computer science curriculum which will lead to KEDDIT – A Korean-European Double Degree in Information Technology and (iv) a faculty mobility (18 EU and 12 Korean).

DIT and Hangyang Univ.(HYU)exchanged bilateral agreements in the presence of Minister Richard Bruton T.D. for Education and Skills on Nov 22nd in Seoul, Korea)[L-R] Minister Richard Bruton, Dr Michael Collins, School of Computing DIT, Dr Young-Moo LEE, President of Hanyang Univ (HYU)

The impact of the agreements will be far-reaching explains Dr Flood, "this project has the potential to impact the learning experiences of thousands of European and Korean students over the next number of years establishing an EU-Korea network of ICT professionals underpinning trade between the two regions for years to come."

More information can be found about Enterprise Ireland’s Education mission to South Korean and Vietnam here.