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SRM institute signs agreement with Korean university

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It provides for academic collaboration and exchange of faculty The link with SRM would be a platform to create the required manpower, with an understanding of Korean and Indian cultures

CHENNAI: The SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST), a Deemed University, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Youngsan University of Korea that provides for academic collaboration, including faculty and student exchange, besides joint research programmes.

The SRMIST's Vice-Chancellor, P. Sathyanarayanan, and the Youngsan University's President, Guwuck Bu, signed the MoU on Friday.

The agreement would be in force for five years and extended for another five-year period, Mr. Sathyanarayanan told newspersons later.

Mr. Sathyanarayanan and the university's director (Research and Virtual Education), M. Ponnavaikko, said information technology and hotel management and catering management were two focal areas in which the collaboration would begin.

Law education

The Korean university, founded by a group of judges, had a strong Centre for Law education.

"The SRM group is also planning to start a department on Law, and this partnership can help us in the move," the Vice-Chancellor added.

Mr. Guwuck Bu said Youngsan University comprised seven colleges for foreign languages and business; hotel and tourism management; culture technology; law and business; information technology, architecture and landscape; for physical education and a university college offering both broad liberal arts as well as selective courses in different subjects.

Taehee Kim, Dean, Industry-university cooperation, who has served in Korea Trade office in India for six years, said Korea was getting to be one of the biggest foreign investors in India and Korean companies required high quality trained manpower.

Manpower

The link with SRM would be a platform to create the required manpower, with an understanding of Korean and Indian cultures.

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