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UT Arlington, Korean university launch joint graduate degree program

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Friday, June 6, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Physics has established a joint graduate degree program with the physics department of Changwon National University (CNU) in Korea. Students in this program will complete coursework and research in both Korea and UT Arlington and will receive master’s degrees or doctorates from both institutions.

The impetus for the joint program arose from a visit to Changwon by Dr. Jaehoon Yu, an associate professor of physics, and department chair Dr. James Horwitz in November 2007. Yu and Horwitz held several discussions with CNU faculty and administrators, including President Seong-Ho Park, on how such a joint program might be structured. During the next several months, extensive discussions and documentation were developed involving faculty and administrators at both institutions, including Philip Cohen, dean of the UT Arlington Graduate School, to establish agreements signed by presidents James Spaniolo and Seong-Ho Park.

To celebrate the establishment of the joint degree program and to promote collaboration between faculties from the two departments, CNU hosted a joint physics research symposium in Changwon in May. Nine UT Arlington faculty members and Cohen presented talks on their research and possible collaborations. The symposium was attended by more than 100 participants, including a number of CNU graduate and undergraduate students. The symposium consisted of two days of research presentations by faculty from both the institutions and included a signing ceremony endorsing the joint degree program.

UT Arlington’s Material Science and Engineering department is also pursuing research and graduate programming collaboration with CNU and the University hopes to expand these joint degree programs throughout other departments in the near future.

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