OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego moved to continue boosting enrollment from East Asia, signing a pioneering agreement in September that would bring selected students from Chung-Ang University in Seoul to Oswego for three years to complete bachelor’s degrees.
The five-year agreement with Chung-Ang is structured similarly with one the college has with the same South Korean city’s Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, which sent 39 students to SUNY Oswego in January with the goal of completing their undergraduate degrees here in three years following a first year at HUFS.
Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oswego, signed the agreement with Jun Hyun-Hong, Chung-Ang’s vice president for international affairs. President Deborah F. Stanley earlier had signed a memorandum of understanding with Chung-Ang’s president, Lee Yong-goo, to set detailed talks in motion.
“With each new agreement in Asia and beyond, we have good academic context that allows us to closely match institutional capacities, disciplines and program levels to meet student preferences and needs,” Clemo said. “This effort helps ensure that the students we bring to Oswego will be well matched and successful here.”
With Oswego’s international student enrollment this fall at a record 218, the college stands to gain a significant, though as yet undetermined, number of new students through Chung-Ang, according to Joshua McKeown, director of international education and programs, who made a weeklong trip to Korea and China the week after Labor Day with Clemo and Oswego’s East Asian recruitment manager, Peace Li.
Additionally, another 30-plus Korean students are in their first year at HUFS, undergoing the required intensive English and other preparation for their transition to SUNY Oswego this spring.
New to the Chung-Ang accord is an incentive for the Korean students to apply, after Oswego graduation, to their first-year college to achieve a second bachelor’s degree, he said.
“Korean students who choose this path will not only get their SUNY Oswego bachelor’s degree, but if they perform at a high level, they will have the opportunity — not the guarantee but the opportunity — to submit an application back to Chung-Ang to pursue a double degree,” McKeown said. “This is something within international education worldwide that is growing quickly. Students around the world are trying to make themselves as competitive and marketable as possible.”
McKeown said the support structure SUNY Oswego has built aimed at the long-term adjustment and academic success of the HUFS students has positioned the college for continued recruitment in East Asia. The college offers active pre-admission communications, transfer advisement, a weeklong orientation, social events, tutoring and mentoring through Hart Hall Global Living and Learning Center and a highly engaged faculty dedicated to internationalization efforts.
“We continue to watch the market in Korea as well as work collaboratively and constructively within SUNY to ensure that our agreements, programs and relationships are all working in harmony,” he said.
SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher two years ago announced a global recruitment initiative closely tied to the 64-campus system’s Power of SUNY strategic plan and the system’s role as an economic driver for the state. It aims to increase SUNY-wide enrollment of international students from 18,000 in 2011 to 32,000 in five years.