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Dankook University Joins SAF

Dankook University and SAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on October 30, 2013. Both organizations will cooperate on educational exchanges and SAF looks forward to facilitating Dankook students joining SAF programs

Dankook University is the first private, four-year university established since Korea gained independence. The university has two campuses; one in Yongin in Gyeonggi province and one in Cheonan in South Chungcheong province. The university also runs the Dankook University Hospital, which is the largest medical institution in Chungcheong province. Dankook University has been affiliated with about 220 international institutions, including prestigious universities and research centers, and is trying to meet a growing need for globalization.

Dankook University MoU

Seoul  Women’s University Joins SAF

On October 31, 2013 Seoul Women’s University and SAF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). SAF looks forward to working with Seoul Women’s University on educational exchanges and facilitating Seoul Women’s students taking part in SAF programs.

Seoul Women’s University is a private women’s university established in 1961 to meet the need of higher educational institutions for women. It is located in Seoul, the capital city of Korea. Seoul Women’s has been affiliated with about 70 educational institutions in the world and is trying to strengthen its competitiveness in globalization.

Seoul Women's University MoU

7th Annual International Advisory Council (IAC) Korea Chapter Meeting, January 10, 2013

SAF opened 2013 with four professional development activities, held in three different countries: China, Korea and Japan.

On January 10, 2013, SAF Korea held the 7th Annual International Advisory Council (IAC) Korea Chapter Meeting at Konkuk University in Seoul. Konkuk is a private university located in the southeastern part of Seoul, which places strong emphasis on technology and science education and research. SAF staff were treated to a campus tour, and particularly enjoyed the University Museum. Since 2008, 19 students from Konkuk University have studied abroad through SAF.

Presentations by Prof. John Belcher, SAF President & Co-CEO, and Henry Oh, Director of SAF Korea, focused on SAF and SAF Korea Development in 2012/13. Carol Carmody, SAF Vice President, discussed SAF International Career Development Programs (ICDPs), as well as SAF Professional Development Programs and SAF Planned Events in 2013, while Melissa Trahyn, SAF HQ Program Coordinator, touched on the profiles of SAF participants from Korea and the success of Korean students on SAF Programs to date. Featured guest, Dianne Rhee, Director of Enterprise Ireland’s Korea Office, presented on the Ireland Higher Education System. At the conclusion of the meeting, Dongguk University was elected to be host of the 2014 IAC Korea Chapter Meeting.

Dianne Rhee, Enterprise Ireland, Korea Office Director

SAF Korea holds annual International Advisory Council (IAC) Korea Chapter Meeting at Sogang University

On January 13, 2012, SAF Korea held its annual International Advisory Council (IAC) Korea Chapter Meeting at Sogang University. 36 participants from 21 SAF IAC Korea member universities, five government-related organizations and staff from the SAF Headquarters, SAF China, SAF Taiwan and SAF Japan attended the meeting. Presentations focused on the SAF mission, 2011 achievements and plans for 2012. Following the IAC meeting, delegates were treated to a campus tour of the lovely Sogang University. The next IAC Korea Chapter Meeting is scheduled to be held on January 11, 2013 on the campus of Konkuk University. SAF wishes to thank all those who attended for your participation and for your continued support of SAF and in particular SAF Korea.

Korea IAC Meeting January 2011 (1/2011)

The SAF Korean International Advisory Committee (IAC) met on the lovely campus of Sookmyung Women’s University on January 14, 2011.  Approximately 35 participants from 20 SAF IAC Korean Member Universities and two governmental organizations attended (Education Ireland and Embassy of New Zealand).

SAF President, John Belcher, and Director of SAF Korea, Henry Oh, provided an overview of SAF’s activities in Korea during 2010 and discussed SAF’s development plans for 2011.  Carol Carmody, SAF Vice President, introduced the SAF Internship Programs to be launched in 2011 in Boston, London, Seattle and Washington, DC. Jennifer Mullin Espinosa, SAF HQ Program Coordinator, provided statistics on SAF student performance and profiled three SAF participants from Korea as illustrations of how active and successful SAF participants have proven to be while abroad.

SAF was honored to have Hideko Sumita, Administrative Director of the Office of Organization for Global Initiatives at Keio University in Japan to present on the topic:  Japan’s Global 30 Program and Keio University’s Response.  Keio University is one of 13 universities in Japan selected to receive funds from the Japanese government to enhance globalization initiatives.  Ms. Sumita introduced the various ways in which the funding is being utilized by Keio and described some of the challenges the university has encountered along the way.  A second guest speaker, Omni Lee, from the Embassy of New Zealand in Korea highlighted the many reasons why Korean study abroad and why students should consider New Zealand. He noted New Zealand's first-rate research universities, good value relative to cost and quality, and unparalleled quality of life.

Kookmin University Joins SAF as the 26th University Member in Korea (8/2010)

On August 26th, Kookmin University joined SAF. The president of Kookmin University, Ph.D Sung Woo Lee, signed an MoU with SAF and became the 26th member university of SAF in Korea, marking the beginning of cooperation between Kookmin University and SAF.

Kookmin University is one of the top Korean universities in the field of design and in the field of cultural studies education. The College of Law, the School of Architecture, the School of Advanced Material Engineering, and the School of Electrical Engineering were listed as “outstanding schools” by the Korean government. It received the best university award from the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE) in 2007.

Recently, the university was certified by the Accreditation Board for Engineering Education in Korea (ABEEK)’ for its 4 intensive undergraduate programs in the field of engineering, College of Administration (Department of Business Administration), College of Business (Department of Business IT), and the education of business administration.

Kookmin University is one of the leading private universities in Korea. It consists of 23,000 students, 700 faculty and 300 staff members. The number of students is fifth largest among Korean universities. There are 13 colleges and 14 graduate schools at Kookmin University. While preserving traditional values that have yielded success, Kookmin University strives to educate women and men to be creative, open-minded and principled professionals who can serve not only the nation but the global community, too.

New SAF Member Universities in Korea

Korea University and the Catholic University of Korea recently signed on as the newest members of the SAF International University Network in Korea.  SAF is pleased to be working with both of these distinguished universities to place their students in their study abroad programs of choice in locations throughout the world. The signing-on of Korea University is particularly noteworthy as SAF is now working with all three "SKY" ( as in reach for the …”) universities in Korea, the most prestigious universities in the country (Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University).

SAF Reception Held at the Residence of the British Ambassador to Korea

Mr. Martin Uden, British Ambassador to Korea, recently hosted a reception for the Study Abroad Foundation at his residence in Seoul. The event brought together recently returned SAF students, SAF staff members, as well as officials from SAF member universities in Korea.

Ambassador Uden, a laws graduate of Queen Mary – University of London, had the chance to meet former SAF students including Hyoyoung Kim who attended Queen Mary University through SAF and Hee Seung Lee who chose to attend the University of Westminster. 

Last Updated: 1/9/19