On September 25, 2013, President Park Chul of HUFS visited the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and met Director Kristian Berg Harpviken, Professor Scott G. Gates (Chief Editor of the International Area Studies Review (IASR)), and Dr. Håvard Mokleiv Nygård (Managing Editor of the IASR) to discuss cooperation for the publication of scholarly articles and the academic exchange between the two institutions. The International Area Studies Review has been published and distributed worldwide since 2011 by Sage Publications based in the UK through cooperation between HUFS and the PRIO. The quarterly peer-reviewed publication was registered on SCOPUS in March and will apply for registration with SSCI at the end of this year.
Following the MOU signing between the two institutions at the end of 2012, HUFS President Park Chul and Director Harpviken agreed to celebrate registration with SCOPUS when President Park would visit the PRIO and to apply for registration with SSCI by December this year.
President Park also visited the University of Oslo on September 25 and had lunch with Rector Ole Petter Ottersen in his office to discuss research cooperation and student exchange between the two universities. The two schools signed the exchange agreement by mail in March 2010. President Park was the first HUFS president to ever visit the University of Oslo.
HUFS and the University of Oslo are in a sisterhood relationship and have thus far carried out student exchange programs. When President Park Chul visited this time, the two schools agreed to deepen their academic exchange in the areas of liberal arts and the environment. The meeting was attended by Dean of External Affairs Jang Tae-yeop and Dean of Student Affairs Lee Sang-hwan.
On September 26, HUFS President Park Chul visited the Norwegian Nobel Institute and met Director Geir Lundestad, who has served as the Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee for more than 20 years. At the meeting, Director Lundestad mentioned the history of Nobel laureates including former President Kim Dae-jung in great detail, and President Park stated the spirit of peace, one of school mottos of HUFS, and exchanged opinions on creative talent development with Director Lundestad. Following the meeting, the Institute showed President Park around the Nobel Peace Center.
At 11:00 am (local time), October 2, HUFS President Park Chul visited the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and agreed with Director Paul Webley of SOAS to conduct exchange programs and annual academic forums between the two schools that specialize in international area studies.
Like HUFS, SOAS is a representative foreign language university in the UK that has programs in 45 foreign languages and international area studies. Established in 1916, SOAS, University of London will mark its 100th anniversary in 2016. It is noted for being the first foreign university to establish a department of Korean studies in 1948.
Director Paul Webley visited HUFS in October 2008. This time, he hosted a luncheon for President Park and delegates in his office. Their dialogue continued until 2:00 pm. About ten HUFS graduates are currently studying at SOAS for their master's and doctor's degrees.
The meeting was attended by Dean of External Affairs Jang Tae-yeop and Dean of Student Affairs Lee Sang-hwan from HUFS; and Professor Andrew Gerstle, and Director of the Centre of Korean Studies Yeon Jae-hoon from SOAS. Following the meeting, SOAS took President Park and delegates around school facilities such as the library.
On the following day, President Park had dinner with alumni living in London (president of the alumni association Choi Ki-myeong, head of a subsidiary of Kumho Tire) to report on the development of their alma mater and asked them to visit the school in 2014, which marks its 60th anniversary. On October 4, President Park had dinner with HUFS graduates in master's and doctor's degree programs at SOAS and LSE and urged them to continue studying hard for school pride.
At 11:00 am (local time), September 30, President Park Chul of HUFS visited Stockholm University in Sweden and met Vice-Chancellor Astrid Soderbergh Widding to discuss student and academic exchange between the two schools. It was HUFS' first visit to Stockholm University since 1974 when the Swedish Linguistics and Literature concentration was established at HUFS. The vice-chancellor, who took office in February 2013, took a keen interest in HUFS' Department of Scandinavian Languages and Literature. She also expressed her astonishment at the fact that the Department marks its 40th anniversary next year.
Vice-Chancellor Astrid Soderbergh Widding had a luncheon with President Park and other delegates from HUFS for in-depth discussion on cooperation between the two schools. Following the luncheon, the dean of external affairs of Stockholm University took them around the school facilities including the library.
At present, about ten HUFS students are studying at Stockholm University under the 7+1 program, and two or three students from Stockholm University are dispatched to HUFS every year.
The meeting was attended by Dean of External Affairs Jang Tae-yeop and Dean of Student Affairs Lee Sang-hwan from HUFS; and Karin Granvei and Maria Hogemark in charge of external affairs from Stockholm University.
President Park was invited for dinner to the diplomatic mission by Korean Ambassador to Sweden Sohn Seong-hwan to discuss friendship between the two countries and the higher education system.
On Thursday, August 15, 2013, HUFS President Park Chul visited the University of California, Irvine (UCI), located near Los Angeles, California, and had discussions with UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake on ways to promote the exchange student program between the two universities. The meeting was attended by Dean of UCI School of Humanities Georges Van Den Abbeele and UCI Special Adviser to the Chancellor Kang Sukhee. Chancellor Drake gave President Park and his delegation a general tour of the school. They recalled Chancellor Drake's first visit to HUFS in April and the signing of an MOU between the two schools.
Many Korean-Americans live in Irvine and nearby areas, including Orange County. In fact, 53% of the students at the Irvine Campus are of Asian descent. Kang Sukhee, former mayor of Irvine, currently serves as a special advisor to Chancellor Drake.
President Park Chul also visited San Diego State University (SDSU) on Friday, August 16, 2013, and discussed ways to promote bilateral cooperation with SDSU President Elliot Hirshman. They agreed to increase student exchange in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speaker of Other Languages) and cooperation in English education programs and to make plans to activate exchange student programs between the two schools. The meeting was attended by Assistant Vice President for International Programs Alan Sweedler and Dean of the College of Extended Studies Joe Shapiro.
HUFS signed an MOU with SDSU in 2008 and has been sending mostly TESOL graduates there every year since.
On Monday, August 12, 2013, HUFS President Park Chul met University of Illinois President Robert Easter at the University of Illinois at Chicago and agreed that the two schools would soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate academic cooperation. President Easter, who represents the Chicago Campus, the Urbana-Champagne Campus, and the Springfield Campus of the University of Illinois, mentioned that he was fully aware of the prestige of HUFS as a global university and agreed with President Park to promote student exchange and research cooperation going forward. The meeting was also attended by UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.
On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, President Park Chul visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne and discussed with Associate Chancellor Pradeep Khanna and Director of Illinois Strategic International Partnerships Tim Barnes ways to promote close cooperation in English language translation and interpretation and TESOL, including student exchange. Through this meeting, HUFS secured a chance to send students via the 7+1 Program to the north central region, including Chicago, which has been unexplored until now.
On Monday, August 12, President Park had a dinner with HUFS alumni living in Chicago at Seoul Restaurant and briefed them on the status of HUFS and promised to support the HUFS Alumni Association in Chicago. The Chairman of the Alumni Association Kim Seong-yeol (Department of Malay-Indonesian, class of '67) expressed his appreciation to President Park for visiting Chicago for the first time and asked him to send more HUFS students to universities in and around Chicago.
The Second General Assembly of the US Federation of HUFS Alumni Association was held in Los Angeles, California, from August 16 through 18. The first general assembly was held in New York in 2011. This year's event was attended by about 200 HUFS alumni from across the U.S., including New York, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Portland, and Texas. This year's gathering was more meaningful as alumni came all the way from Latin America, including Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.
In the presence of some 200 alumni, the General Assembly was held at the Oxford Palace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on August 17. In his congratulatory message, HUFS President Park said that he was deeply impressed by great affection toward the alma mater shown by alumni in the U.S. and stressed that such affection was the driving force of the development of HUFS. He went on to say that he was pleased to see that the US Federation of HUFS Alumni Association had already firmly positioned itself only two years after its launch and that he was proud of the HUFS alumni active in the U.S.
In his congratulatory message, Chairman of the HUFS Alumni Association Kwon Soon-han stated that HUFS will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year and emphasized the importance of the construction of an alumni hall, which will become a rest and recreation site for the 110,000 alumni. In response, the alumni promised to contribute over US$ 100,000 individually or at the regional alumni association level.
From the HUFS side, Director of Office of Planning and Coordination Kim Hak-tae updated the alumni on recent changes in the school and the results of Korean university assessment. Then, U.S. regional alumni associations and the Global CEO Alumni Association reported their activities. Six highly promising students who were admitted to HUFS were also present for the event. They were introduced to the alumni, who gave words of encouragement to them in turn. Then came the US Federation of Alumni Association flag delivery ceremony, appreciation plaque award ceremony, and dinner.
President Park awarded appreciation plaques each to alumnus Lee Young-hee (Dept. of English, class of '70), who served as the first chairman of the US Federation of Alumni Associations; alumnus Han Mun-sik (Dept. of Law, class of '69), the second chairman of the US Federation of Alumni Associations; and Chairman of the Board Lee Deok-sun (Dept. of German, class of '58).
Chairman of the HUFS Alumni Association Kwon Soon-han delivered appreciation plaques to Chairman of the Board of the New York Alumni Association Choi Un-do (Dept. of German, class of '59), Chairman Lee Young-hee (Dept. of English, class of '70), Advisor of the US Federation of Alumni Associations Mun Dae-dong (Dept. of Spanish, class of '59), former Chairman of the San Francisco Alumni Association Park Hee-deok (Dept. of English, class of '56), and former chairpersons of the Los Angeles Global CEO Program Student Association Yoon Seok-won, Teresa Hwang, Jane Shin, Kye Eun-beom, and Choi Myung-jin.
During this year's General Assembly, Atlanta was selected to host the third General Assembly and Alumnus Lee Jun-hee (Dept. of Arabic, class of '87) was selected as the next chairman.