The USC Office of Globalization has opened a new international office in Seoul, South Korea, its sixth worldwide and fifth in Asia.
The USC Korea office will strengthen and facilitate research partnerships with Korean universities, expand opportunities for student internships and service-based learning in Korea, and help support student recruitment in the Republic of Korea.
Headed by professor Steven Lee, the office in Seoul also will oversee development of a new complex of USC classrooms and laboratories that will offer classes and provide new research capabilities, with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
USC is the nation’s leader in international education, with 7,482 international students enrolled for the most recent academic year, the largest number of any U.S. university. With more than 110 countries represented in the student body, Korea sends the third largest number of students to USC of any country, behind only India and China.
USC Korea joins a network of international offices that includes offices in Hong Kong, Mexico City, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. USC plans to open its next international office in India.
The opening ceremony in Seoul was attended by USC’s Korean trustee, Y. H. Cho, chairman of Korean Air; B. R. Sohn, chairman of TCC Steel and head of the USC Alumni Association in Korea; and Seung-Yu Kim, chairman of the Hana Financial Group and former head of the USC Alumni Association in Korea. Hee-Young Paik, Korea’s Minister of Gender Equality and Family, also attended and offered welcoming remarks.
From Los Angeles, USC was represented by two vice provosts, four deans, a vice president and numerous faculty members. Among them were professor David Kang, head of the USC Korean Studies Institute, and professor Bruce Zuckerman, director of the new USC Korean Imaging Laboratory, who demonstrated the new USC imaging technology at the opening event. Directors of USC international offices also attended.