BHSU nearly doubles the number of international partnerships with latest addition of nine partnerships in Asia

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, June 25, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President of BHSU (center) and Dr. James Fleming, director of international relations and global engagement (right) met with representatives from Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea recently to discuss plans for collaboration.






           R to L: Dr. Wei Song, professor of business administration at BHSU, Izabelle Choi, associate director of BHSU&rsquos academic English preparation program, BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., and Dr. James Fleming, director of international relations and global engagement at BHSU, established new education partnerships with universities China and South Korea recently.  



Black Hills State University nearly doubled the number of partnerships with international universities which could lead to increased numbers of international students at BHSU. The most recent partnerships are in China and South Korea.

Representatives from BHSU including President Tom Jackson, Jr., and Dr. James Fleming, director of international relations and global engagement, visited nine universities and two U.S. Embassies in Asia recently. The goal of visiting South Korea and China was to foster BHSU&rsquos new and existing international collaborations and encourage university leaders to direct students to BHSU. Others who participated in the highly successful international visit were: Dr. Wei Song, professor of business administration, Izabelle Choi, associate director of the academic English preparation program, and Andrea Bakeberg, coordinator/liaison from the College of Business and Natural Sciences.

The BHSU faculty and staff met with leaders at six universities in South Korea and three universities in China. Each visit proved successful and resulted in establishing new or sustaining existing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) agreements between BHSU and its partner universities. MOUs provide a framework for partner universities to ensure collaboration, provide student learning opportunities, and increase international relations.

Two standing MOUs that were renewed or sustained as a result of the trip, one with Kyung Hee University and another with Konkuk University, both in Seoul, South Korea, have resulted in more than 20 international students from these partner universities attending classes at BHSU over the last three years.

President Jackson&rsquos extensive international experience combined with Dr. Fleming&rsquos strategic vision in selecting key universities for BHSU to partner with ensures additional success through the collaborations established as part of the Asia trip. A newly-signed MOU with Dongguk University in Seoul is especially meaningful, as Dongguk and BHSU are amongst the top 5 percent of business schools in the world noted by prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Establishing formal agreements with three universities in China is important to BHSU&rsquos international presence. China ranks first in place of origin for foreign students studying in South Dakota according to the Institute of International Education&rsquos Open Doors report, confirming the great potential of BHSU to expand reach to the Chinese market.

Increased globalization strengthens BHSU&rsquos academic programs and creates greater opportunities for all students.

"As we prepare students for the global economy, it&rsquos vital to provide greater international experience.   Employers expect our students to be culturally competent and have an understanding and knowledge of global perspectives," says Jackson.

BHSU has made great strides in creating an international experience for all students. Earlier this year, BHSU established its first partnership with a university on the African continent at Botho University in Gaborone, Botswana. In addition to these most recent agreements, BHSU has MOUs with six universities in Europe. Last year nearly international 100 students were enrolled at BHSU.  

Encouraging international students to enroll at BHSU benefits the region both in economic and academic terms. For every seven international students enrolled in college in the U.S., three U.S. jobs are created or supported by spending in higher education, accommodation, dining, retail, transportation, telecommunications, and health insurance, according to the latest economic analysis from the Association of International Educators.

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