January 6, 2003
Engineering school establishes program with Korean
By Tim Stephens
Representatives of a major Korean telecommunications company, Korea
Telecom, visited the University of California, Santa Cruz, in December
to establish a cooperative program that will bring company managers
to the UCSC campus to study English, engineering, and economics.
Steve Kang, right, dean of the School
of Engineering, and Kyun-Chol Park, executive vice president of
Korea Telecom, signed a letter of understanding in December. Photo:
The program is sponsored by UCSC's Baskin School of Engineering in
conjunction with UCSC Extension and the Division of Social Sciences.
Steve Kang, dean of the School of Engineering, and Kyun-Chol Park,
executive vice president of Korea Telecom, signed a letter of understanding
at the meeting in December.
The first group of about seven to 10 of the company's mid-level and
senior-level managers will come to UCSC in August to participate in
the one-year program.
The program will include intensive business English, courses in engineering
and economics, specialized seminars, focused research projects, and
field trips. The opportunity to get to know the United States and California
is also an important aspect of the program, said Sam Hedgpeth, assistant
dean of the School of Engineering.
"This is the first program of this kind that we have established,
and we hope to have many others like it in the future," Hedgpeth
The agreement with Korea Telecom is part of a broad initiative by dean
of engineering Kang to establish ties between the School of Engineering
and companies and institutions in Pacific Rim countries. Kang, who was
born in Korea and is a foreign member of the National Academy of Engineering
of Korea, has many contacts in Korea and other Pacific Rim countries.
In 2002, UCSC established formal ties with the Hokkaido Information
University in Tokyo, Japan.
"Working with our faculty, Dean Kang is intent on developing relationships
with companies and institutions all around the Pacific Rim," Hedgpeth
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