Kaori Uchisaka, Director of SVA’s International Student Office, was chosen to participate in the 2011 Fulbright Program for International Education Administrators (IEA) in Korea. As part of a select group of higher education professionals from across the United States, Uchisaka and seven other delegates spent two weeks in June visiting universities, government agencies, and cultural sites in Seoul, Gyeongju, Ulsan, Busan, Deagu, and Daejeon.
“SVA enrolls over 500 international students from Korea, representing a significant percentage of the total international student body,” said Uchisaka. “The Fulbright program gave me the rare opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of where our students come from, and I’ve gained a renewed understanding of the Korean educational system and culture.”
In addition to cultivating a better understanding of international education initiatives in Korea, Uchisaka also found much of value to take back to SVA. “Being welcomed so warmly by our counterparts at Korean universities and meeting select American Fulbright grantees teaching in local educational settings were also eye-opening experiences,” she said, “and gave me many ideas applicable to our student services. There are possibilities at SVA to increase reciprocity through our students studying or working abroad, which I am eager to help promote.”