Students Kyoung Park and Jayoung Kim discuss
student life in Chattanooga.
Terry Olsen speaks to the delegation in
the Card Auditorium in the UTC Engineering, Computer Science and
Chancellor Bill Stacy speaks to the Korean
delegation with the help of translator Choi Kum Nan.
Representatives visit UTC Campus
A Korean delegation from Gangneung, South Korea, visited Chattanooga
this week in pursuit of a sister city relationship, focusing on
economic development and education. The group toured the new UTC
Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics classroom building
and the UTC Place Apartments on the UTC campus.
According to Terry Olsen of Shumacker, Witt, Gaither & Whitaker,
industry has fallen off in Gangueung, but it does enjoy a reputation
as a family tourist destination.
"The mountains and beaches in Gangneung attract the tourists.
The city is also interested in bringing in more high tech industry,"
According to Olsen there are approximately 5,000 Koreans living
in the Chattanooga area. Olsen’s firm represents some members
of the Korean community in immigration cases.
UTC has four exchange programs in place with universities outside
the United States, in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Japan, and Israel.
According to Elizabeth Bell, coordinator of UTC Cooperative Education,
a new exchange program would be possible between UTC and Kwandong
University in Gangneung.
"Students from your institution would be qualified to participate
in the cooperative education program. Students of all majors would
be qualified to find part-time work to get hands-on experience and
to experience what it is like to work for an American company,"
Bell told the group.
Bell added that the UTC English as a Second Language Institute would
assist students who needed help with their language skills, and
for those who already speak English, all classes would be open to
UTC Engineering student Kyoung Park and his friend Jayoung Kim,
who will transfer next semester to UTC for Legal Assist Studies,
spoke with members of the Korean delegation about their educational