CSUSB orches­tra per­forms in Seoul

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Bahk Eun-ji [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

Stu­dents from Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity San Bernardino (CSUSB) Orches­tra and Seoul Cy­ber Univer­sity held a joint con­cert at Seoul Art Cen­ter, Wed­nes­day, in cel­e­bra­tion of their part­ner­ship.

To­mas Mo­rales, pres­i­dent of CSUSB, led his stu­dents, many of whom are His­panic, to Korea for the con­cert and a CSUSB alumni re­cep­tion, Tues­day, as well as for sev­eral more events be­tween the two schools.

“The spe­cial per­for­mance by our univer­sity orches­tra is a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for our 45 stu­dents tak­ing part. Un­der the di­rec­tion of Lucy Lewis, the pro­gram will fea­ture se­lec­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive of both His­panic and Korean cul­ture as well as works of Western clas­si­cal mu­sic,” Mo­rales told The Korea Times in Seoul, Wed­nes­day.

Since 2017 when the two schools started their part­ner­ship, they have launched var­i­ous ex­change pro­grams. Ev­ery year, five stu­dents from Seoul Cy­ber Univer­sity are in­vited to the Cal­i­for­nia school to take an en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram.

The pres­i­dent said his visit to Seoul from Sept. 27 to Oct. 8 also serves to high­light the ex­pand­ing cul­tural con­nec­tion be­tween the univer­sity and Korea.

Mo­rales said Korean stu­dents are attracted to the CSUSB for a num­ber of rea­sons.

“Of course we have out­stand­ing fac­ulty, both Korean and non-Korean who re­ally care about our stu­dents, and we have a very ded­i­cated staff through­out the univer­sity. But in par­tic­u­lar, the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter en­sures that our in­ter­na­tional stu­dents and Korean stu­dents have a strong en­joy­able trans­for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tional col­le­giate ex­pe­ri­ence. That’s why we had an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of Korean stu­dents who have stud­ied at CSUSB at last night’s (alumni) event.”

Mo­rales said he would de­fine the trans­for­ma­tive ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence as that stu­dents who come to the univer­sity with­out many skills leave the univer­sity as peo­ple who are bet­ter pre­pared and trained in their cho­sen fields.

The In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter is where for­eign stu­dents can get help with visa is­suance, ori­en­ta­tion and the ad­mis­sions process, while also han­dling pro­ce­dures for do­mes­tic stu­dents’ over­seas study plans, so do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents can in­ter­act there.

In Novem­ber, the univer­sity will hold the of­fi­cial open­ing of Cen­ter for Global In­no­va­tion, a 6,600-square-me­ter com­plex with a new three-story build­ing. The In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter will move into the build­ing, and the com­plex will also ac­com­mo­date new class­room space, a 250-seat lec­ture hall, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices, stu­dent study ar­eas and an out­door plaza.

“The fa­cil­ity will cen­tral­ize ser­vice pro­vided to our in­ter­na­tional stu­dent pop­u­la­tion — those visit­ing as well as those ma­tric­u­lat­ing on our cam­pus. And be­cause it is lo­cated in the hub of ac­tiv­ity close to our li­brary and stu­dent union, it will also pro­vide bet­ter ac­cess for in­ter­na­tional stu­dents to the cam­pus en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

Cour­tesy of CSUSB

To­mas Mo­rales, pres­i­dent of Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity San Bernardino

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