The Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology in South Korea has approved the establishment of SUNY Korea, a partnership in Songdo, South Korea, to be operated by SUNY Korea, LLC.
Funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the Incheon Free Economic Zone, and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, SUNY Korea, LLC will offer graduate degrees—with a strong focus on research—in computer science, information systems, and technology systems management. Faculty in Songdo will comprise a combination of faculty that reside in Korea and faculty from Stony Brook University.
Academic programs are expected to begin in March 2012 with a target enrollment of 200 students in the first year. Pending Middle States Accreditation and facility readiness, enrollment applications to SUNY Korea will be available this fall.
SUNY Korea is a very natural next step in fostering Stony Brook’s academic relationship with Korea. The University partners with 15 Korean universities to offer students a broad selection of international exchange programs; we have established CEWIT Korea; and now, the graduate degrees in engineering and technology and society that will be offered at SUNY Korea will enable Stony Brook to advance even further this highly successful international academic partnership.
SUNY Korea, in collaboration with the Pohang University of Science and Technology, has been awarded a 20 percent allocation of $50 million over ten years under a Ministry of Knowledge Economy grant for Fostering Premium IT Professionals.
Establishing revenue-neutral programs for a SUNY Korea presence has been in progress for nearly two years, following a May 2009 SUNY Board of Trustees resolution authorizing the development and implementation of overseas educational programs and related academic degree and research collaborations with partner universities and institutions located at the Incheon Free Economic Zone.
Deputy Provost Brent Lindquist; Yacov Shamash, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and the academic and administrative task forces comprised of Stony Brook faculty and staff have invested a great deal of time planning for this venture and have been dedicated to assisting SUNY in successfully pulling together this outstanding initiative.