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You Sun-hee
sunheeyou@dongguk.edu


Dongguk University has traditionally had relations mostly with Asian universities like China and Japan.  However, under the slogan "World Wide Dongguk", DU is trying to open up to the world and especially western universities.  The Post is also going to include a column that focuses on  DU's international project.  In this column, The Post will introduce its readers to NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology). 
On October 5th, there was a lecture about Norway and NTNU.  A secretary of the Norway Embassy in Seoul visited DU and talked about Norway.  The Office of International Program & Education also has information about NTNU for the DU students.  In 2008, five DU students will be studying in NTNU.  Let us look at Norway and NTNU. 

1. Norway
Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a country in Northern Europe that occupies the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula.  It is bordered by Sweden, Finland, and Russia.  Since World War II, Norway has experienced rapid economic growth, and is now amongst the wealthiest countries in the world with a fully developed welfare system. 
Norwegians use their own language of Norway and foreign languages are also used.  The main foreign languages taught in Norway are English, German and French. 
The land is mostly made of hard granite, and gneiss rock and limestone are also common, and the lowest elevations have marine deposits.  People can experience four distinct seasons, with colder winters.  There are large seasonal variations in daylight.  In north areas of the Arctic Circle, the summer sun may never completely descend beneath the horizon.  If you want more information about Norway, visit http://www.wikipedia.org or http://www.norway.or.kr/

2. NTNU
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim represents academic eminence in technology and the natural sciences as well as in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine, architecture to fine art.  To introduce faculties briefly, there are 7 faculties.  In Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art, there are six majors including Department of Architectural Design.  10 majors are in the Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology.  Faculty of Arts contains  Department of Music and Department of Language and Communication Studies.  Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry are in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology.  There are also other faculties of many majors.  For more information
about NTNU, visit http://www.ntnu.no/english

3. Interview with a future exchange student at NTNU.
The Post interviewed Yun Seul-ki, a student majoring in English Language & Literature at DU, who is going to study at NTNU for a year from 2008. 
Q: This is the first year that DU is sending 5 students to NTNU.  What made you decide to study at NTNU?
A: I wanted to go abroad as an exchange student and Norway seemed very attractive to me.  Norway is located in Europe and is not well-known like the USA or Canada.  I thought a year in Norway would be very exciting.  DU is sending 5 students to NTNU, which has over 600 international students.  I believe it will be an exciting experience to be a student of such a university. 
Q: Why do you think you were selected?
A: I think DU chose students with English skills and who are active in and outside of the university.  English skills are important because lectures at NTNU will be delivered in English.  Also, students who were doing extracurricular activities were chosen because DU thought that they could adjust to new circumstances. 
Q: DU has relations with limited number of other universities around the world.  Did you think about it while you were applying for the NTNU exchange student? 
A: No.  However, most universities have exchange-student programs with sister universities.  Korean universities, however, send their students to many schools in America, Canada and Europe.  And since DU has not focused on such programs, students ignore the global programs like NTNU even though they have a lot of interest in exchange-student programs. 
Q: As a future exchange student, what should DU do to develop its global exchange program?
A: Overall, DU needs to invest more to increase the number of sister universities.  DU's international network is oriented to universities in Japan, and China.  Also many of them are Buddhist universities.  But DU students should have a chance to study in many different universities. 
Q: Are there any universities you want DU to have a global relationship with? 
A: In the era of globalization, all foreign languages are important.  However, English is regarded as the essential global language.  Therefore, lots of students want to study in America or English speaking countries.  There should be more financial aid and practical support so that more DU students will be able to study in America or any other English speaking nations.  I want DU to have a global program with Harvard University.  A few days ago, Ewha Womans University made an agreement with Harvard University for Asian Studies.  Ewha Womans University was the first school in Korea to have a global relationship with Harvard University.  DU is one of the leading Buddhist universities in the world.  It should be working with other world-class universities like Harvard. 

4. Other universities
In September, International Program & Education has made an exchange agreement with five universities in Europe including London University (School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Goldsmith College), Bath Spa University College, Oxford Center for Buddhist Studies, Oxford University, and Technical University of Ostrava.  From next year, there will be students going to these universities as exchange students.  In addition, from September 13 to 15, Il Chung Kim, Dean of International Programs & Education, visited Trondheim in Norway for EAIE Conference.  This leads DU to make agreements with ten more universities including University of Babes-Bolyai in Romania, University of Leicester in England, University of California in the U.S.A and University of Western Sydney in Australia.  Furthermore, President Oh Young-kyo visited the Czech Republic and made an agreement with VSB-Technical University of Ostrava and The Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic-ECCR.  He also visited Beijing University in China to discuss a double degree system between DU and Beijing University. 

You Sunhee Reporter  sunheeyou@dongguk.edu

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