Original article by Michele McDonald.
George Mason University will take a nearly 7,000-mile step in its commitment to becoming a university for the world when the campus in Songdo, Korea, opens next spring.
Korea’s Ministry of Education approved the plans for the Songdo campus, George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera announced Friday, Aug. 16, to the university’s Board of Visitors.
George Mason’s initial courses of undergraduate study include economics and management for the first semester kicking off in March 2014. The new campus will be a boon of educational, research, and internship opportunities for Mason students in both the United States and Korea, says Mason provost Peter Stearns.
“Preparing students for their future lives and careers has to involve a serious global component because they’re living in a world where global interactions are increasingly going to be part of the fabric of their lives,” Stearns says.
Students attending Mason Songdo will earn a Mason degree just as they would if they took classes on Mason’s Fairfax, Arlington, or Prince William Campus. Mason Songdo students will spend the fourth and fifth semesters (third year) on the Fairfax Campus, with all other course work to be completed in Songdo.
South Korea, with its intense focus on education, is a prime market for Mason, says Anne Schiller, vice president for global and international strategies. Korean students who would like an English-based education typically take up their undergraduate studies in the United States, Great Britain, or Australia, but the Songdo campus enables students to stay close to home. Koreans spent $4.5 billion in 2011 to study abroad, according to the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology.
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