Collins Builds Partnerships with South Korean Universities

Collins Builds Partnerships with South Korean Universities
College of Tourism and Management Dean Kee-Jong Lee from Kyung Hee University and Dean Feinstein sign an MOU.
From left: Aejoo Lee, dean of the Sejong University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality, Sejong University President Seung Kyu Yang, Dean Feinstein and Collins College Assistant Professor Myong Jae (MJ) Lee.

Earlier this summer, Dean Andy Feinstein signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Kyung Hee and Sejong universities in South Korea. The agreements set the stage for future programs that would enable South Korean students to study at The Collins College of Hospitality Management and vice versa.

“These agreements are important steps in building educational partnerships,” Feinstein said. “We would also like to set up some visiting professor programs and study abroad trips for students.”

Feinstein visited South Korea in June for the inaugural Asia-Pacific Urban Tourism Forum. The Seoul Tourism Marketing Corp., which is a city government agency, sponsored the dean's weeklong trip. Throughout the week, he was hosted by Professor Hong-bumm Kim, the director of the Tourism Industry Research Institute at Sejong University.  

During the Asia-Pacific Urban Tourism Forum, Feinstein met numerous people making headways in tourism and hospitality in South Korea, including Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon and Peter de Jong, president/CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association. At the event Feinstein gave a presentation on “The Benefits of Collaboration Between the Tourism Industry and Hospitality, and Tourism Education Programs in the Asia-Pacific Region.”    

Wanting to make the most of the trip, Feinstein and assistant professor Dr. Myong Jae (MJ) Lee, a South Korean native, visited three universities that have stellar hospitality management programs. They toured Kyung Hee University, Sejong University and Sookmyung Women's University.

“All three are just great programs,” Feinstein said. “Their campuses were beautiful; they would just blow you away.”

The MOUs are important steps to establishing long-lasting partnerships with the other universities, Feinstein said. He hopes that the first visiting professor could teach at The Collins College in fall 2009.