New Dual-Degree Program with Sungshin Women’s University Gives Lehman and South Korean Students an Edge in Global Arena
Lehman College students now have a distinct advantage in the global marketplace: the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from a prestigious Asian university alongside their Lehman degree. The presidents of both institutions signed an agreement authorizing the new dual-degree program in a ceremony, held on Monday, August 25, at Lehman.
Under a new dual-degree program, which begins this fall, Lehman students can spend a year of study at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea, and earn a degree from both institutions when they complete their Lehman studies. Similarly, Sungshin students can earn a Lehman degree by completing their final 30 credits here.
“We are very pleased to offer this exciting program with such a valued partner,’’ said Lehman President Ricardo R. Fernández. “Lehman and Sungshin are connected by a commitment to serve an international community.”
Hwa-Jin Shim, president of Sungshin, who traveled to Lehman to make the announcement, said that “Sungshin aims to develop cultivated, well-rounded students, and this program will provide students from both Sungshin and Lehman with the opportunity to accomplish that goal."
Lehman and Sungshin have already teamed up in a program offering Korean nurses a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lehman. This latest program is open to students from all areas of study.
To inaugurate the program, ten Sungshin students will study at Lehman this semester, while one Lehman student attends classes in Korea. Sungshin is a coeducational university near downtown Seoul, enrolling 13,000 students and composed of seven colleges and five graduate schools. Lehman, celebrating its 40th anniversary as a senior college of The City University of New York, enrolls 11,000 students in close to 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.
The Sungshin agreement continues Lehman’s efforts to expand the global reach of its programs and to give its students opportunities to experience and appreciate other cultures. Lehman currently has nursing-exchange programs in Ireland and Antigua, as well as Korea, and was one of the first colleges to offer distance-learning programs through HETS (Hispanic Educational Telecommunications Systems), a consortium of higher education institutions in the U.S. and Latin America.
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011