Aberdeen University, the first Scottish university has signed a deal to open its first international campus in South Korea.
The deal was signed between the Gyeongsangnamdo Prefecture, Gwangyang Bay Free Economic Zone Authority and Hadong County and the representatives from the University of Aberdeen. This agreement has also managed to get the funding sanctioned from the Korean Ministry of Trade and Industry. The campus is set to open in September, 2016.
The campus will come up in the Gwangyang Free Economic Zone, in the south of the country in the Hadong District. It will offer courses related to offshore disciplines such as Oil and Gas Topside Engineering, Subsea Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and an MBA in Energy Management. The campus also aims to establish new research facilities in engineering.
The university, as a first in the UK, has set its campus in South Korea and it expects a greater cultural and knowledge sharing experience among both the countries, especially bringing international experience and opportunity for its students, those who shall be able to build a strong relationship with the students from Korea. Speaking about the new initiative, Seth Kunin, Vice Principal, Aberdeen University, said “This agreement is a significant milestone in the long history of the university and we are all excited by the prospect of establishing our first overseas campus in South Korea.
The new campus will export our world-class educational offering to a new market in East Asia, but it will also open up huge opportunities in research thanks to the impressive facilities located there.” Moreover, the initiative will lead towards training a strong oil workforce. There are speculations that this joint venture between the Korean Government and the Aberdeen University shall pave the way for a better future of the energy sector that suffers from economic collapse. The deal also brings hope for new research facilities in the field of engineering, academics, and teaching. It will also create a strong network with the top universities in Korea and in the world.
There are other British universities and colleges that have entered into the international educational arena. A number of overseas campuses are already set up by these universities: Lancaster University in Ghana, Nottingham University in Malaysia and Leeds Metropolitan in India. Currently, Aberystwyth University is planning to establish its international campus in Mauritius.
Established in 1495, Aberdeen is the oldest and respected university. It has a reputation of being ranked among the top 1% of the world’s universities. According to CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014, Aberdeen is placed in 79th out of 750 world universities in its research performance. It is rated as top in the UK for its original research in environmental and soil science. On the top of everything, it has five Nobel laureates associated with it. There are 16,500 students from 120 nationalities. Moreover, Aberdeen is named as the safest University City. It is affiliated withthe Association of Commonwealth Universities, Universities Scotland, Universities UK, and University of the Arctic.
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