February 9, 2004
Chancellor Greenwood visits Korean education
and arts institutions
By Tim Stephens and Scott
UCSC strengthened its connections with Pacific Rim countries last month
during a visit to Korea by Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood.
From left are Sung-Jae Lee, professor emeritus of Seoul National
University; UCSC music professor Hi Kyung Kim; Chancellor M.R.C.
Greenwood; Geon-Yong Lee, president of the Korean National University
of Arts; and UCSC engineering dean Steve Kang. Photo:
Courtesy of Korean National University of Arts
Chancellor Greenwood got the chance to see some Korean sights,
including the Kyungbok Palace in the background, in Seoul. Photo:
Accompanied by Steve Kang, dean of the Baskin School of Engineering,
and Hi Kyung Kim, associate professor of music, Greenwood visited several
universities and arts institutions and signed memoranda of understanding
(MOUs) with two universities.
"It was a very busy and very productive time," Greenwood
The MOUs with Konkuk University and Yonsei University laid the groundwork
for UCSC to establish cooperative research and education programs with
Yonsei University is Kang's alma mater and has strong research programs
in information technology and biomedical technology. At Konkuk University,
Greenwood gave a lecture on science and engineering graduate education
in an international context.
The chancellor also met with representatives of leading Korean technology
companies, including Soo-Young Lee, chairman of Dongyang Chemical Group
and president of the Inchon Chamber of Commerce, and Yong-Kyung Lee,
CEO of Korea Telecom.
UCSC started a program last year to provide training for mid-level
managers at Korea Telecom, a leading telecommunications company. (See
On the arts side, the trip included visits to the Korean National University
of Arts, the National Center for Korean Traditional Performing Arts,
and the Korea Foundation. A primary goal was to promote collaborations
with Korean institutions to help support efforts to establish a Pacific
Rim Cultural Center and create a Korean music program at UCSC.
The Korea Foundation provided UCSC with grants in 2002 and 2004 for
Korean music workshops and also sent traditional musicians for concert
appearances at their own expense in 1993. Kim noted that the Korea Foundation
has already pledged $10,000 for current Korean music workshops at UCSCs
Music Department and Porter College.
Greenwood and Kim also met with Seong-Yong Park, honorary president
of the KumHo Group in Korea and chair of a committee in the Foreign
Ministry Department made up of major business CEOs. Talks revolved around
sponsorship of concerts for UCSC's 2005 Pacific Rim Music Festival,
as well as future collaborations after that event.
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