Opportunities open up in South Korea for University of Leicester students and researchers

Posted by ap507 at Nov 04, 2015 03:54 PM |
University forges new links and showcases world-class credentials in Seoul

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 November 2015

The University of Leicester has signed a new agreement with a major university in South Korea to send students to South East Asia as part of their degree programme.

Leicester’s agreement with Seoul National University will facilitate sending students majoring in the new BA Global Studies, which starts in autumn 2016. This capitalizes on the growing appetite among Leicester students to attend summer schools in Seoul.

The University is also this week showcasing its research and enterprise at an international summit in South Korea. Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) is in Seoul for the second time this year, where he will present on the world-class research of the University at the 10th Anniversary Global HR Forum. The Forum is integrated into the activities of the 2015 UK Higher Education Mission to Korea, organised by the British Council Korea in conjunction with the British Embassy in Seoul.

Professor Halliwell said: “The theme of the Forum is “Diverse Talent, Changing Societies” at which leaders of six quality UK universities, including Leicester, will speak to a range of university presidents and business leaders, and conduct conversations about the desire amongst both British and South Korean universities to develop meaningful global partnerships with close links to and, where possible, sponsorship from industry.”

Professor Halliwell is speaking on ‘The University of Leicester, Museum Studies and the East Asia Museums Network’. Leicester’s School of Museum Studies has an enviable network of alumni across East and South East Asia, especially in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. A group of Leicester Museum Studies graduates will meet with Professor Halliwell at a formal alumni event organized by the British Embassy and held at the British Ambassador’s residence on Friday.

Reflecting on the global profile of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies as it approaches its 50th year as the leading department of its kind in the world, the Head of the School, Dr Suzanne MacLeod, commented: “We are incredibly proud of our links to South Korea and the East Asia region. Staff from the School have worked hard to build links in the region for over 20 years and we now have a strong network of talented graduates who work in museums, galleries, universities and related organisations across East Asia.

“We actively encourage applications to our School from the region and are beginning to forge new ways of working including partnership programmes and joint research projects.”

University of Leicester Museum Studies experts will also be attending an international conference at Hong Kong University from 13 to 15 November. Over 160 museum and gallery practitioners from around the world, including Leicester, will be in attendance.



  • South Korea has the world’s highest percentage of secondary-school graduates (98%), 71% go onto study at HE
  • By 2030 it will be 8th biggest economy, just behind Germany
  • 70% of disposable income of households in South Korea goes towards education spending
  • It is the 3rd largest sender of students overseas (123,000 students), behind China (694,000) and India (189,000)
  • US has been most popular destination for South Korean students, but recent years have seen increasing enrolment on UG and PG programmes in the UK
  • In terms of subjects Korean students are studying abroad, arts and design is top, business second, then social studies. This trend links into Seoul’s status as the 2010 Design Capital and as part of the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

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