TJC forms educational collaboration with Korean university

A four-member delegation from Gyeongju University in South Korea visited Tyler Junior College recently, to tour the campus and discuss an educational exchange between the two institutions.

Gyeongju President Soonja Lee and professors Larry Chong, Chang su Park and JaiKwan Park toured the new Robert M. Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center, which features latest technology for training TJC students in their chosen medical professions.

Paul Monagan, dean of the TJC School of Nursing & Health Sciences, guided the tour, which included stops in the center’s dental clinic as well as high-tech learning labs for nursing, physical and occupational therapy, sleep study and surgical technology.

The Gyeongju group’s Tyler visit is a continuation of their first meeting with TJC President Dr. Mike Metke, who in March 2014 led a group of TJC students, alumni and friends on an educational tour of South Korea, which included Gyeongju University.

The TJC group visited the Gyeongju University campus, where presidents Lee and Metke signed a memorandum of understanding between the two institutions. The Apache Belles also performed and the Gyeongju tae kwon do team gave a demonstration.

“President Lee was so gracious on our trip to Korea,” Metke said. “We were delighted to welcome them to TJC and show them our beautiful campus and our exciting programs.”

The two presidents renewed their commitment to identify curriculum similarities and promote student-exchange opportunities.

“TJC is positioned to receive students from Gyeongju University, and we are convinced that they will have a wonderful experience, because of the commitment to excellence by our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Juan Mejia, TJC provost and vice president for academic and student affairs.

Founded in 1988, GU’s objective is to provide quality education programs for future leaders in various fields of the modern industrial society with the larger context of the educational goals of the Republic of Korea.

It is located in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang province, South Korea.

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