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Dankook joins hands with Arizona State University for innovative education
Writer 글로벌전략팀 김유인
Date 2019.12.04
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LOI signed at the ASU campus…

”To build a university like ASU in Korea,” says DKU president Soo-bok Kim


Dankook University joined hands with Arizona State University (ASU), which ranked first among the most innovative schools in the U.S. for four consecutive years (2016~2019), to cooperate in the field of ‘innovative education.’ Dankook University President Soo-bok Kim and the Innovative Education Exchange Group visited the U.S. and signed a letter of intent at the ASU Main Hall on October 29 (local time) to embark on a journey of active exchanges. 



The ceremony was attended by DKU President Soo-bok Kim, Associate Vice President for Planning, Se-won Chang, Executive Director of the Big Data Information Service, Eung-kyo Suh, and ASU Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stefanie Lindquist, and Managing Director, Julia Rosen. The two universities will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and further outline details in the near future, such as pursuing academic exchanges, joint research and partnership programs. 


This agreement is expected to play a key role in preparing an innovative plan for realizing President Soo-bok Kim’s vision for advancement of the university, which was shared when he was inaugurated as university president in August. The vision includes building a digital creative campus, reinventing education based on the Korean tradition, realizing humanitarian education, and pursuing bio and health fields.


“I learned about ASU’s innovation through the University News Network and became interested in relevant programs starting around two years ago,” said DKU President Soo-bok Kim. He added that “[we] hope to create an opportunity to contribute to cultural advancement and guide higher education in a future-oriented direction through active exchanges between DKU and ASU.”


“Korea is known for its energy that has led to many global technology innovations that have driven the country’s development,” explained ASU Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stefanie Lindquist, who also said that “[we] wish to learn many things from Dankook University that has been practicing innovation such as opening the first second campus in Korea, introducing designing thinking in education and setting up an artificial intelligence campus.”


Founded in 1886, ASU is a state university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona with currently around 103,000 enrolled students. It was named the most innovative university in America by US News & World Report for four straight years (2016~2019), and is globally in the spotlight as an ‘innovative university,’ being covered by U.S. media including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.