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SUNY Korea opens its doors

Sister campus of Stony Brook University offers graduate degrees

An academic building on the SUNY Korea campus. Photo from SBU

March 14, 2012 | 04:38 PM
Stony Brook University's sister campus in South Korea — SUNY Korea — began offering graduate classes this month at the Songdo Global University campus, about 20 minutes from the Incheon International Airport near Seoul.

"I left Korea to do my graduate work in the U.S.," Hongshik Ahn, vice president of SUNY Korea told Stony Brook University student publication Asian American E-Zine. "Now for the first time the reverse is possible."

The campus, located in Songdo, will be the first Korean campus managed by an American university, offering American degree programs and the first global university in Incheon Free Economic Zone, according to its website. Graduates of the school will receive a diploma from Stony Brook University.

The campus, funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the Incheon Free Economic Zone and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, will offer graduate degrees in computer science, information systems and technology systems management.

"SUNY Korea is a very natural next step in fostering Stony Brook's academic relationship with Korea," SBU President Dr. Samuel Stanley said in a last July statement. "We currently partner with 15 Korean universities to offer our students a broad selection of international exchange programs."

Dr. Stanley said those living in Korea and from SBU's west campus would make up the faculty at SUNY Korea. Seven Stony Brook faculty members have expressed an interest in teaching in Songdo, Stanley said in a statement.

The Korean campus will charge the same tuition as it would a non-New York state resident attending the Stony Brook west campus. Full-time students pay a flat tuition and part-time students pay per credit.

Students eligible for on-campus housing can live in one of the two dormitories that can accommodate more than 2,000 students, or in a fully furnished apartment building with lounges, access to exercise facilities, a laundromat and cafeteria.

The campus will also have a common library, sports complex, faculty and guest housing, theater and student activity center, all due for completion in April.

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