NC State has opted to postpone further planning on the possibility of establishing a degree-granting education site at the Global University Campus in Songdo, South Korea. The university studied the issue for more than a year before postponing.
“The timing for a major new initiative is not optimal in light of the pressures the university faces in a difficult budget climate,” Provost Warwick Arden said. “We wish to thank the people and institutions in Korea who provided their time, support and encouragement throughout the feasibility study and initial planning. Any unexpended planning monies received from the Korean government will be returned.
“We also appreciate the work of the faculty and staff who led the university through the feasibility study and planning.”
NC State was one of several institutions approached by the Korean government with a plan to establish American-style higher education in Songdo, in the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ). The university conducted a feasibility study, which was funded by the Korean government.
The provost added that “although the planning process is on indefinite hold, we will maintain contact with Korean planning authorities and keep options open for future plans. The university will also continue to explore the potential for a study abroad program that would place some of our Raleigh-based students and faculty at the Global University Campus.”
Arden said international education remains an important aspect of the student experience at NC State.
“International opportunities prepare our graduates to lead, live and work in an increasingly global economy,” Arden said. “NC State takes many approaches to helping students gain international experience. In the last three years, we have added 70 international opportunities that benefit students and help open doors for North Carolina’s economic development.”