President Frank travels to South Korea

Jim Cooney, U.S. Ambassador Sung Kim, and Tony Frank at a celebration for the 15th anniversary of the Study Abroad Foundation in South Korea

In April 2014, Colorado State University President Tony Frank traveled to South Korea with Jim Cooney, the University’s vice provost for international affairs. During the trip, Dr. Frank met with presidents from three South Korean universities, joined U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Sung Kim to celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Study Abroad Foundation, and hosted an alumni event with the Seoul Ram Network.

As the featured speaker at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Seoul, Dr. Frank addressed more than 100 leading educators from around the country in celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Study Abroad Foundation’s presence in South Korea. The Study Abroad Foundation provides meaningful education abroad opportunities in North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1988, the Foundation now operates in over 200 universities in 13 countries, including an active program at Colorado State University.

Dr. Frank also hosted an event with more than 40 members of the Seoul Ram Network, CSU’s largest international alumni group. The event featured distinguished CSU alumni Gye-Woon Choi, CEO of Korean Water Corporation (K-water), and Hyoseop Woo, president of Korea’s Ecology and Infrastucture Engineering Society. Both men are Civil Engineering Ph.D. graduates from CSU, and Dr. Woo serves on the CSU Alumni Association Board of Directors as the first-ever international board member.

Dr. Choi and Dr. Woo are key organizers for the World Water Forum conference in South Korea, which will take place in April 2015. CSU has been invited to play an important role in the 25,000-participant conference, and will organize events for alumni attendees from around the world.

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