Thursday, July 4, 2013

Gwangju students to visit Pittsburgh again.

Thank you, Geun-ae.

Students from the Gwangju National University of Education will visit Pittsburgh on July 5, part of a four-week teacher-training and cultural-immersion experience with the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council. According to a June 26 university press release, 60 students will visit San Bernadino and 20 will come to Pittsburgh from the 5th through August 3rd, with another 20 students participating in shorter programs in Vietnam and Malaysia.

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 published interviews with a couple students in 2011 and 2012 (issues 414 and 422), but they aren't interesting enough to reprint or translate.

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.

2013 광주교대 어학연수
(Left) Poster for study abroad information session; (Right) At PNC Park, via the GPLC GNUE Summer Institute Facebook page.