Wawasan Open University, in collaboration with DISTED College, is participating in the student exchange programme of Chonnam National University (CNU), Korea this year.
CNU Vice President and Dean for International Affairs, Prof Gyonggu Shin, accompanied by his wife, Prof Kay Phak, and Cho Youngran, Senior Coordinator for Asian Exchange, visited the main campus from February 1-3.
The CNU delegation met the senior management of WOU and DISTED College. WOU was represented by Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof Dato’ Dr Ho Sinn Chye and Dr Seah Soo Aun, School of Foundation and Liberal Studies Acting Dean Dr S Nagarajan and senior lecturer Jasmine Emmanuel, while the team from DISTED included its President Dr Koo Wee Kor and School of English & General Studies coordinator Audrey Keong and Marketing Manager Jane Goh Mei Ping.
Prof Shin said the visit was to formalise an agreement to allow CNU to send some 15 students to DISTED to attend a 16-week English language study abroad programme beginning in March.
In return, DISTED would send up to five students to CNU during its international 4-week summer session in July, with tuition fees and accommodation sponsored by the host institution.
Prof Shin hopes the Korean students will not only learn the English language but also selected contents or subjects delivered in English. They will also be exposed to the different local cultures and communities while studying in Malaysia.
CNU sends a large number of students to Australia and Canada. About 50-60 students will be sent to the Philippines for a four-month course starting this semester. CNU also sends students to Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia Mulitmedia University and WOU/DISTED.
The students are to receive credits for the courses taken all of which are accepted as “elective courses” in their CNU curriculum.
Among the courses proposed for the CNU were Malaysian Studies, Communication Skills for the Workplace, Advanced Writing Skills for University Students, and English for Business Communication.
The first batch of CNU students will begin their study in DISTED on March 5th, first taking the English language courses. After that, they will join the other local students in taking the specific courses on business and trade starting March 19th. The CNU students are mostly 19-21 years, and in their second or third year of university studies.
“We have signed MOUs with USM and UM on student exchanges. With WOU, we want the MOU to be more specific, focusing on English language training.” said Prof Shin.