Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gwangju students back in Pittsburgh for language immersion, cultural exchange.

Heading on one former student's travel report.

Students from Gwangju National University of Education (광주교육대학교) in South Korea are back in Pittsburgh for a language immersion and cultural exchange. From June 25 through July 24, 18 education students will attend classes and tour the city under the guidance of the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. Other cohorts are visiting California, New Zealand, Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan.

The GPLC hosts these students twice a year, and posts updates on its Facebook page. Readers of Korean can learn more about the trip and the students' experiences by reading the trip reports prepared by the students each term, hosted on the GNUE website. The school magazine also publishes interviews with returning students from time to time, though its website is currently broken.

These training and immersion programs have been going on between GNUE and Pittsburgh since 2009, shortly after Park Nam-gi was named school president. Park earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and worked two stints as a visiting professor at Pitt in 1999 and 2000-2001. In 2013 he received a University Medallion Award, given to distinguished alumni around the world to mark the 225th anniversary of the University of Pittsburgh's founding.

Via the GPLC GNUE Facebook page.