On May 2, Dean Richard Arum and the UCI School of Education welcomed three delegates from Seoul National University (SNU) to campus:
The School of Education invited SNU administrators in order to explore opportunities for research collaboration between faculty at UCI and SNU. Of particular interest to educators at both institutions is research focused on improving teacher education, language acquisition and assessing the undergraduate experience.
UCI faculty members Young-Suk Kim and Hosun Kang served as UCI ambassadors during the visit, facilitating meetings with key UCI faculty members and doctoral students, providing introductions to School of Education research labs, and arranging a tour of the UCI campus.
At the close of the visit, Dean Kim and Dean Arum signed a general MOU to continue discussions defining future collaboration. "The School of Education is committed to developing closer ties with a set of global partners that share common interests in improving education on an international scale," said Arum.
Initial UCI foci for cultivating global partnerships include (1) developing a self-sustaining Masters level program in International Education; (2) creating mechanisms for faculty and doctoral student exchanges; and (3) establishing vehicles for collaborative international research on targeted projects such as digital education and technology, and higher education learning and assessment.