The wind of globalization blows in CBNU
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The wind of globalization blows in CBNU
  • Kim Dan-bi & Park Sat-byul
  • 승인 2010.05.12 11:23
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今天外面天气很好! (The weather is splendid today!) 午餐点什么? (What's for lunch?)

This can easily
This can easily be heard from students who are passing through the CBNU campus, which is beautiful with the cherry blossoms here and there. Until recently, foreign students at CBNU have accounted for a very small percent of all students, so they captured other students’ attention. However, today, it is common to find foreigners in any department. The foreigners came to CBNU, which aims for the World Top 100, through various student exchanges or study abroad systems. They are striding along the streets, proudly being Geonjians, to learn about Korea or to earn the fabulous knowledge and techniques of Korea.
The foreign students! They are seemingly close but faraway friends. In May, with all this fresh air and lovely view! Why don’t we meet those we did not have a chance to know, and embrace the craze of globalization which blows in CBNU?

-How many foreign students are in CBNU?



According to the graph, China contributes the biggest amount of foreign students among all other students from around the world, followed by Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. Also, compared to the past, when foreign students were limited to within Eastern countries, students today who are interested in qualified education and convenient studying circumstances also continually come from Western countries such as the U.S.A and Canada.


We can find the number of freshmen is the largest in the graph, and the next are transfers, exchange students, and those with dual degrees.
These rankings are attributed to the agreement with foreign universities which guarantees acknowledgement of two degrees and exchange programs.
Moreover, it appears that foreign students are not only enrolled students, but that the students in the masters and the doctoral programs have taken courses in various positions.


These figures investigate April of each year, except 2010 (March 17).

As you can see from the graph, the number of foreign students at CBNU has increased rapidly in the past decade.
There are 1192 foreign students in CBNU now, which is sixty times higher than the past students in the 80's and 90's, which fell below 20.
This results from special conditions in which CBNU made an agreement with a variety of foreign universities to get the title of one of the Global Top 100, promising to give incentives for diminishing tuition to international students.


-Interesting programs for foreign students in CBNU!
If a foreigner wants to get a glimpse of the wisdom and lifestyle of the Korean ancestors who have developed a truly distinct culture throughout many millennia, there is no better place to be than Jeonju city, where CBNU is located. Here people can experience Korea’s enchanting synthesis of traditional beauty with the Han-style culture, centered on Hangeul(Korea’s unique writing system), Hansik(Korean food), Hanbok(traditional clothing), Hanji(Korean paper) and Hanok(Korean traditional houses). CBUN helps them enjoy the campus life.

<Traditional Korean Culture Experience>

CBNU runs a program called “Traditional Korean Culture Experience” in cooperation with the local government. There are many classes including traditional crafts, tea ceremony, dance, herbal medicine, and Hanji-making, all of which are taught by well-qualified instructors, including professors and specialists in each field.

<Korean Language Program>
Linguists from around the world hold Hangeul in such high regard for its systematicness and uniqueness, which even UNESCO concentrates its attention on. CBNU has opened a Korean Language Program at the Language Education Center for a growing number of people from overseas to study the Korean language. This program has 2 semesters per year and a certificate is issued to successful students.

<Feeling Korea Program>

The Feeling Korea program was designed to meet the needs of foreign students who are willing to take two weeks off and get more deeply immersed in Korean culture. A total of 30 hours of Korean language class and eight other culture experience courses ranging from taekwondo to calligraphy are provided, as well as the special opportunity to visit Korea’s famous historical sites, with all tuition fee covered by the scholarship.

<CBNU International Buddy (CIB) Program>
CIB is a matching program in which Korean students match one-on-one with foreign students. It is operated twice a year (the first and second term). In this program, the foreign students meet Korean students and talk in Korean. It helps the foreign students to improve linguistic ability and be familiar with school life.

<Interview>

Sim Hye-ryeo, Senior, the Dept. of Japanese Language and Literature.
Hi, CBNU Globe! I’m Hye-ryeo, and I’m from Gilinsheng, in China.
I entered CBNU in 2007. Now I am in the four-year course.
Before I came to Korea, I was a native Chinese girl, but after living in Korea for four years, I’ve become a Korean. I had a longing to get something new, so I decided to go study abroad. I chose Korea, which is famous for the Korean wave craze. At first, when I told my parents I’d go to a Korean college, Dad opposed it because it was dangerous. However, Mom supported me to extend my knowledge. Of course, Dad supports me now, too.
I immediately searched for a university in Korea. And then I came to know CBNU, in Jeonju. Since I wanted to know Korea, I instantly selected CBNU, and I chose the Department of Japanese Language and Literature with the thought of learning a new language.
Now, there are many international students. There are particularly many Chinese students. But when I entered CBNU, there were rarely foreign students, so I could not make friends in beginning. I was unfamiliar with everything, including food and talking in an unfamiliar language.

It was the traditional Korean Culture Experience that I felt interest and gratitude through. The Traditional Korean Culture Experience is established for foreign students, and through this program, I slept in the Hanok Village and made Hanji and pottery. I had a good time and felt truly Korean by participating in the program.
There were many interesting other experiences living in Korea. But I wasn’t always happy. Koreans unconditionally pretended to be friendly with me because I was just a foreigner. It was hurtful for me. Also, the foreign students have to extend their visas for studying in Korea. So I did it, and I went to Immigration Bureau. Whenever I went, I felt uneasy because of communication, but it helped me to overcome Korean life.
Finally, after I graduate, I have a plan to go to the College of Commerce or Trade (graduate school). Then, I want to be a fabulous Asian translator who represents Korea, China, and Japan.
And lastly, if I go back to China, I want to praise to my friends Korea, Jeonju, and CBNU!

Fred, Sophomore, the Dept. of Polymer Nano Science & Technology.
Hello!
My name is Fred, and I’m from Russia. When I lived in Russia, my family’s friend told me about CBNU, so my family and I decided to study abroad in Korea. I came to Korea in 2008, and my major was polymer nano science & technology. As I expected, it was difficult to overcome the language barrier. Since then, I started learning the Korean language. In the first year, I used to study at the Language Education Center. It was pretty exciting. While I was learning Korea’s language I met people from all over the world, such as from Mongolia, China, and the U.S.A. I made friends with them, and we supported each other with our difficult situations. By my second year, as I had finished four courses at language education center, I was able to speak a little Korean. I decided to continue my education at CBNU as a fulltime student.

Currently I’m studying in my department. I like it pretty well, though sometimes it’s very hard. Professors give many examinations every week. But very nice and kind people around me help me. Also, many professors are very kind, and whenever I have any problem they are always willing to help me.
Ah! The most difficult thing is unfamiliar food. At first I couldn’t eat spicy food like kimchi, so I went to KFC and CBNU’s Hammy Yummy and bought hamburgers every day. But I soon adapted to Korean food. Now, I can’t have a meal without kimchi. I like Korean food.
My school life is gradually getting stabilized. My linguistic ability also makes remarkable progress.

CBNU pushes ahead with 'Globalization' and 'Localization' of the campus at the same time; in other words, CBNU leads a so-called Glocalization(Globalization + Localization). CBNU will have grown to a global university that has international competitiveness, while ensuring internal stability and taking root in the local community.
To show a successful model of 'Glocalization', CBNU won't stop the tide of globalization for uniting foreign students and Korean students or for becoming a world-class level university that can supply outstanding people. We expect to it be realized that CBNU enters the Global Top 100 Universities.

 


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