Traveling in South Korea and Japan this past week, Gov. Mike Leavitt and local officials agreed Monday that starting in July, teleconferencing classes will be conducted between Utah State University and the University of Suwon, South Korea.
Since 1983 Utah has had a sister-state relationship with the Province of Kyonggi. Suwon University is in Kyonggi and it has had a relationship with USU for several years. A new South Korean satellite will allow teleconferences between the two institutions of higher education.At first, the teleconferences will deal with teaching the Korean and English languages but will ultimately go far beyond that, said Leavitt and Suwon University president Chong Wook Lee. "The capacity this system could provide is very real and very exciting," said Leavitt. "I see these exchanges not only emanating from USU but from all our universities and colleges and perhaps even our advanced high-school classes."