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American Campus Students Enroll at Mason Korea for March 2014

November 25, 2013

By Cameron Carter

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From left to right, the new Mason Korea students from Fairfax include Caren Poon, Gabrielle Hanley and Tiffany Kornegay. Photo courtesy of Mason Korea

Some George Mason University students in Virginia plan to increase their educational reach as they spend a semester this spring at Mason’s new campus in Korea.

“We already have five students who have mapped out how a semester at Mason Korea will fit into their degrees,” says Anne Schiller, vice president for Mason’s Office of Global and International Strategies. “The Global Office team and others are working tirelessly to ensure they have an amazing experience full of rich cultural engagement, challenging academic work and opportunities for personal growth that will help them attain a ‘global mindset’ with which to build their future.”

Ranging from economics and global affairs majors to undeclared freshmen and sophomores, this first group of Mason students from the Fairfax Campus will travel to Mason Korea in March to pave the way to a truly innovative education. While some students will maintain their status in the Honors College by fulfilling the global understanding requirement, other students will take general education courses and electives to maintain their degree progress while embarking on a new semester at a new campus in a new country.

Other efforts have involved recruiting new students from around the world to join the Mason Korea community and getting the word out to Mason Fairfax students that the new campus will provide unique academic and cultural opportunities that are sure to enrich their Mason experience. The new Mason Korea students include Caren Poon, Gabrielle Hanley and Tiffany Kornegay.

“Most of our current Mason students have heard about the new campus and are excited about what it means for Mason’s international visibility,” Schiller says. “But the Global Office wants to make sure they know the Korea campus is for everyone and to think about new opportunities available to them at Mason Korea.”

Min Park, executive director of International Campus Operations for Mason, also comments on this first group of American students to attend Mason Korea. “We are extremely lucky to have this group of students,” she says. “These students are forward-thinking enough to see this first semester as an opportunity that is not likely to come up again. When else will students be able to shape the development of their campus more than this group will?

“Whether it is establishing new traditions at Mason Korea, making new friends and contacts on the other side of the globe or challenging themselves to adapt in a new environment, this group of students are all trailblazers,” Park says. “And judging from their previous successes, the trail they will forge next semester will undoubtedly set the bar high for future classes.”

Since the announcement in August that Mason will open a campus in Korea, the Office of Global and International Strategies has bustled with activity. As the office coordinating between Mason’s Fairfax and Songdo campuses, the Global Office has worked continuously to ready academic and residential space for the four Mason faculty members who will teach the inaugural class.  Mason professors who will be teaching the inaugural cohort include David Haines, anthropology; Karen Rosenblum, sociology; and John Kulesza, mathematical sciences.