March29th,Jaeki-Song and other members of the South Korea Energy & MineralResources Development Association visited our school. The two sides agreed onpermitting the Korean students to pursue a master's degree in our school, andsigned a project cooperation agreement. Jaeki-Song, the Executive Vice Chairmanof the South Korea Energy & Mineral Resources Development Association, andPresident Zhao Jinzhou signed the agreements on behalf of the two sides. Vicepresident Wang Ling, Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs DaiLei, and Vice Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Yang Yan also attended thesigning ceremony.
SinceDecember, 2014 when delegations from the South Korea Energy & MineralResources Development Association paid the first visit to SWPU to discuss theproject, the two sides had been communicating continually and held relatedproject-briefing meetings, and finally agreed on the deal. The 14 subordinateuniversities under the South Korea Energy & Mineral Resources DevelopmentAssociation will select students to study for a master's degree ofpetroleum and geology directions at SWPU and provide scholarships for them atthe same time. This is our school's first international program to recruitoversea students in the form of university co-operation which is exclusivelyfunded by the foreign counterparts. The project shows that our school has takenan important step in the internationalization process since the reform.
Itis said that the first group of Korean students will be officially enrolled inSeptember this year at the beginning of the new semester to start their studyin our school. Having reached our school‘s requirements for the graduation andgaining degrees, they will be granted the Master Diploma and a master's degreeby our school.
Duringthe meeting, the ways of teaching, accommodations for Korean students and otherdetails are discussed by both sides. Both sides also expressed that furthercooperation in scientific researches and academic aspects were still needed.(Cao Zheng)