- Exchange Program
- Exchange Students
The Relationship Between Long Island University
and Keimyung University
Since the 1950s, Long Island University has enjoyed
relationships with several Korean universities. The inspiration for the
initial successful program exchange program came from Dr. Dan Levin, Professor
of English at C.W. Post, who went to Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea,
in 1980 as a Fulbright Scholar. During the five years that he taught in
Korea, he developed a following of students he thought would profit from
the opportunity to study abroad at Long Island University.
The idea of exchanges started in 1984 with plans for an exchange between
the University of Missouri/Kansas City and Keimyung University on which
Professor Richard Knoll of that University and Dr. Levin, both Fulbright
visiting professors at Keimyung University worked together. Professor Knoll's
university initiated the project, and after its vice president visited Keimyung
University, they hammered out the details.
While working on those details, the then-president of Keimyung University
Tae Han Kim, asked Dr. Levin whether LIU might not be interested as well.
Back in the States during the summer, Dr. Levin spoke with Arthur Coleman,
then head of the English Department at the C.W. Post Campus, who suggested
he discuss it with Joan
Digby , head of the Honors Program. Things were
thus set in motion, and arrangements were made with the Office of International
In Korea, Professor Knoll and Dr. Levin, along with Professor Jeong-san
Kim and others on the faculty of Keimyung University had set up standards
for selection of students (superior grades, character, some command of English,
demonstrated in writing and orally) who would receive these one year merit
In 1985, three Korean students with top scores in a competitive examination
came to the C.W. Post Campus as the first participants in an exchange program
with Keimyung University that has grown steadily. Since then, Keimyung students
have come to study at Long Island University in every major, from English
Language and Literature to Art History, Film, Psychology, Library and Information
Science, Mathematics, Management, and Political Science. Many have stayed
on at Post to complete their MA degrees.
Both those who have stayed and those who have returned home to Korea have
generated stories of success in business and education. They work for some
of Korea's leading corporations and they are managers and traders in the
global market. In Seoul, "The Keimyung Gang--East" holds its regular
meetings, which are a testimony to the lifelong friendships that have bonded
these alumni of the Long Island University-Keimyung University exchange.
Long Island University students have also studied at Keimyung, concentrating
on Korean language and history, as well as their special interest. One Korean-American
discovered his roots. C.W. Post faculty have also been welcomed at Keimyung
as part of the exchange: Dr. David Scanlan (Theater) in 1988 and Dr. Panos
Mourdoukoutas (Economics) during a research trip in the late summer of 1992.
The Keimyung Exchange has also brought Korean visiting faculty to the C.W.
Post Campus. In 1984-85, Dr. Huh Bong-wha (John) of the English department
taught English for International Students and participated enthusiastically
in campus life. In February 1993, sculptor Bae Youn-hee was invited to exhibit
her wood carvings based on traditional Korean objects such as fans, boxesand
ornamental screens, inaugurating the first cultural exchange between the
two universities. Dr. Lee Byung-chan, Dean of Keimyung's College of Business
Administration, was a visiting research professor in the School of Management
and an active participant in the alumni association. In late 1995, Social
Science Professor Cho Hyun-jeong arrived to pursue research in marine insurance.
Dr. Synn Ilhi, president of Keimyung University, received an Honorary Doctorate
of Laws from the C.W. Post Campus during the 39th commencement exercises
in May 1996.
For more information:
Dr. Changboh Chee
The Korea Center
Long Island University
Brookville, NY 11548
Tel: (516) 299-4181
Fax: (516) 299-2072
See also: Keimyung