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Release: Immediate

UI, Korean university sign exchange agreement May 15

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Education and the Korea National University of Education (KNUE) will sign an agreement Thursday, May 15 to strengthen ties between the institutions and to enhance faculty and student exchange programs in coming years.

Mary Sue Coleman, UI president, and Jong Ok Woo, president of KNUE, will formally sign the new agreement at a luncheon meeting May 15.

Joining them will be Steven R. Yussen, dean of the UI College of Education; Paul Retish, director of the Office of International Education in the College of Education; Jae-On Kim, director of the UI Center for Asian and Pacific Studies; and Stephen Arum, director of the UI Office of International Education and Services.

The two institutions plan to create an exchange program for faculty and to develop mutually beneficial research opportunities for faculty and graduate students.

The UI and KNUE also will explore collaborating on a conference, "Education After 2000 in the Pacific Rim," to discuss issues affecting education in Asia in the new century.

The agreement formalizes a long-standing relationship between the UI College of Education, KNUE and the Ministry of Education of Korea.

Several officials in the Korean Ministry of Education are former or current graduate students in the College of Education.

College of Education faculty, such as Ray Muston, associate professor of planning, policy and leadership studies, have taught frequently in Korea, helping to recruit students and to advise graduate students from Korea while they are at the UI.