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The Universiry's International Network

As befitting with its educational principle, students in SungKongHoe are encouraged to think and act on beyond national boundaries. We believe that our educational goal will be accomplished when our students are genuinely open to various cultures, eagerly sharing with different peoples from around the world, and humbly serving the needs of all international communities. A sense of the one world community is an important aspect and signature character of the SungKongHoe education that the university wants to cultivate among students. The effort for this revolves around the university network of the Anglican Communion around the world.

The Colleges and Universities of the Anglican Communion (CUAC) is a worldwide association of over 120 institutions of higher education that were founded by and retain ties to a branch of the Anglican Communion. The group has as its constituency such world-class institutions as Columbia University in the USA, Toronto University in Canada, and Momoyama and Rikkyo Universities in Japan. Along with its predecessor, Association of Episcopal Colleges (AEC) that consists mostly of the Episcopal colleges in the US, CUAC is committed to the promotion of cross-cultural contacts and educational programs. With institutions in all five continents, CUAC was founded for the exchange of ideas, for the development of programs among member institutions, and for our mutual support that we may better serve our students, our societies, and the world. As a global network of Colleges and Universities, the organization strives to assist faculty and students to become better global citizens in the diverse world. The membership to this global network has given the university a source of inspiration and a sense of belonging to a like-minded educational community.  

Apart from the multilateral networking, the SungKongHoe University has had bilateral ties and academic collaborations with several other higher education institutions across the world. These include York St. John, Newman, and Cumbria Universities in UK; Poole, Rikkyo, Keishen Universities in Japan; St. Louis University in the Philippines; EH (Evangelische Hochschule Ludwigsburg) and PH (Ludwigsburg University of Education) in Germany; Seneca University in Canada; University of Malaya and Universiti Sains Malaysia; and universities in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.

Experimental sending of our students to different locations in India, for study in computer science combined with English language courses resulted very favorably. SungKongHoe students have also participated in a combined course of English language and service learning run by the Pacific International Academy of Marylhurst University in USA. These and other international experiences have given us a bolder commitment to, and eagerness for, innovation of school curriculum. Our students have greatly benefitted from taking part in programs these international ties provide, and have been able to use the opportunity to realize their personal goals and develop new career paths. For students in a university in Korea, the exposure and discovery that the overseas exchange program affords to them are truly invaluable. It can open the student’s eyes towards a wider world, making the student appreciate the reality of the different parts of the world, and helping in reassessing his or her old beliefs which were against a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional contemporary world. Although the modern-day world is characterized by instantaneous electronic communication and SNS-type networking, real contact of peoples across the borders is becoming more and more important. We believe that the physical presence in a foreign land and the sheer contact between different peoples are still the best and the surest way of reducing prejudice between groups, and promoting peace and understanding in the world.

In this sense the university is determined to widen and broaden its international network for students. A recent study shows that those students who had been to abroad were more assertive in their outlook, more positive in their chosen study and more tolerant and mature in their treatment of foreigners and outsiders. The fact that those students with international experience are more likely to have higher aspiration, more satisfaction with their studies and a deeper appreciation of the needs of other people has prompted the university to consider substantially expanding the international exchange programs in the future.

Related to this movement, some international programs with a stronger focus on NGO activities have been established. Such programs as the Philippines NGO Overseas Training Program, the Peace Boat Program, the Asian Civil Society Volunteer Program have been offered as part of the university’s continuing effort to support future civil society leaders and expand academic research. The university is willing to enter into dialogue and discussion with any university in the world over the possible cooperation in student exchanges. The recent completion of the modern dormitory facility within the campus will be a great asset for us to do so. We also believe that the international connection between universities is going to be a defining character of the contemporary higher education of the trend we are willing to engage with.

In connection with our aspiration to be a center of learning for Asian civil society, the university has also explored ways to broaden its collaboration with corporate sectors across Asia. In accordance with this effort, the university offers programs that meet the requirements of students from all over Asia. These students are welcome to join SungKongHoe University as a stepping stone to further stem into the Korean society. Students of SungKongHoe University in turn are encouraged to widen their search for educational and employment opportunities in Asia at large.

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