A Chosun Ilbo article notes:
Lack of Cultural Considerations Is Repelling Foreign Students
Rather than creating a positive impression of Korea, Seoul National University's foreign exchange program actually ends up making international students dislike the country....
The article goes on to note:
In this age of global competition we need to be able to absorb foreign disciplines and technologies and increase our sphere of influence by spreading our knowledge and technologies abroad. In order to do that, we must create an environment where foreign professors and students can focus on their research and studies without inconveniences.
The article cites a number of examples of how the SNU could improve its international exchange program. Most center on cross cultural sensitivity.
This is a challenge, I feel not only for SNU, but most of us. Being mindful and understanding of other cultures doesn’t “just happen.” It takes training and skills.
My work and focus is providing coaching and training to global teams (Korea and non-Korean). In fact, I’m asked by Korean firms to provide their global organizations with programs that recognize and share this mindfulness.
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