This year’s meeting of the IBSEN network in May was held at Hallym University in South Korea. Hallym University is situated in Chuncheon, which is a city approximately 60 km east of the country’s capital Seoul. It has about 280,000 inhabitants and is among South Korea’s safest cities. The university was founded in 1982 and counts over 10,000 students as well as over 800 professors. It has a wide range of lectures offered in English and even three study programs which are completely taught in English. That is why the university is particularly popular among international students.
After the exchange of news from the IBSEN partner universities, different topics were discussed, such as the IBSEN Summer School, possibilities of further double degrees, common applications for third party funding, the IBSEN website as well as possible network expansions with new universities from American, Asian and North African regions.
At the “Global education fair” students were able to get information out about studies abroad at the member universities by visiting their booths. The respective exchange students joined the gathering to share their experiences of their current stay at Hallym University with their university representatives. Very striking was the positive atmosphere that had rubbed off on the non-Korean students, so that many happy faces were to be seen.
During a walking tour of the large campus, which is embedded in a wonderful landscape, the social rooms (rooms for fitness and sports, cafeteria, etc.) and one of the student residences were also visited. The dorm rooms were small but very nice.
The next network meeting will take place on 21st – 23rd November 2019 at the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey.