AVT Hosts Korean Students

Posted: February 9, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

The Department of Art and Visual Technology (AVT) has an additional 17 students for the next six months as part of a new joint program with Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea. Twelve undergraduates and five graduate students from the Korean university will spend the spring semester and a summer term studying digital multimedia, other studio disciplines, and the English language while working toward a summer joint exhibition of their work with the Korean American Artists Association.

David Chung, assistant professor of AVT, initiated the program after visiting the university two years ago and being impressed by the artwork he saw there. With the help and support of Scott Martin, chair of AVT; Taek Lee, project director of the summer portion of the program; and William Reeder, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA), the idea became a reality.

“This program is a testament to the international reputation of Professor Chung and to the personal investment and care he contributed to [the program’s] establishment. Equally, getting this project in place so quickly reflects the entrepreneurial commitment of both AVT and the university’s central administration. We simply could not have made this work without the cheerful extra effort of individuals in the Provost’s Office, Budget Office, legal, housing, and international programs. Finally, it is truly a delight to welcome some of Ewha Woman’s University’s brightest students into the CVPA community, and are pleased that they have confidence in George Mason,” says Reeder.

“Ewha has the reputation of being the best woman’s university in Korea,” Chung says. “It’s really great because the students are very eager, and the program will expand George Mason’s interaction with foreign universities.”

Ewha Woman’s University, which began as a missionary school that held classes in a private home, is now the world’s largest women’s university with 140,000 graduates, 21,000 students, 14 colleges, and 13 graduate schools. The research-focused university places a high priority on study abroad and exchange programs.

The students will take a full course load and integrate into campus life, living in dormitories and learning about American culture. Chung also says that the large Korean population in Fairfax County will make the transition easier for the students.

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