First ever offer holder event in Seoul!
King’s returned to Seoul at the end of March to meet current students currently holding an offer to study at the College from September 2012.
Michael Hughes and Joanna Williams from King’s International Marketing Team hosted an offer holder reception on Monday 26 March and were joined by two alumni to speak to offer holders about their own experiences of King’s and living and studying in London. The event had a great atmosphere with offer holders at all levels of study enjoying the opportunity to meet each other in advance of beginning their studies in London.
Michael and Jo’s other activities included speaking to prospective students at the UKEN Spring Fair, and visits to international schools and universities, including Seoul National University, Korea University and Yonsei University regarding King’s Study Abroad and Summer School programmes.
To find out when King’s will return to South Korea, please check our visits page for updates or contact Michael Hughes.
Shakespeare in Korean!
Beginning on 21 April 2012, the Globe theatre is presenting an unprecedented programme of multi-lingual Shakespeare productions as part of the celebration for the London 2012 festival. Revelling in the vast array of communities that make up London's vibrant cultural landscape, 37 international companies will present every one of Shakespeare's plays in a different language over six weeks. The festival includes A Midsummer Night's Dream in Korean, and there are special discounts for King's students. For full information please see our international students event pages or the Globe website.
UKEN host King's Presentation at British Council
On 13 February 2012, UK Education Network [UKEN] held a King’s College London’s Presentation at the British Council. King’s College London is one of the popular UK universities in Korea, so the presentation was well attended with approximately 30 people turning up to listen.
Reflecting the interest in King’s, there were specific inquiries about studying postgraduate courses in Cultural Studies, Business Studies, Law and War Studies. Numbers of enquiries for undergraduate and preparation courses were also a lot higher than last year.
The presentation’s aim was to introduce King’s, and the content included:
- Official facts & figures such as world-ranking, ranking in highest salaries after graduation, medical research centre information, etc.
- Introductions to popular subject areas.
- Information on preparation courses – International Foundation Programme, International Pre-Masters Programme, and 2 year-Masters Programme.
- Testimonials from Korean students at King’s.
After the presentation, there was Q&A session. Amongst other things, the attendees asked questions about application processing, entry requirements, student support, and life in London as a King’s student.
UKEN is the sole representative of King’s College London in Korea and provide free A-Z consulting for prospective King’s students.
MoU with South Korean School of Dentistry
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Dental Institute and the Chonnam National University. Professor Dianne Rekowas, Dean of King's Dental Institute, was delighted to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday 23 January with Professor Sunhun Kim, Dean of the Chonnam National University School of Dentistry in South Korea.
The Dental Institute and Chonnam National University School of Dentistry have maintained good relationships in terms of education for dental students and the MoU aims to establish and broaden collaborative relations between the two institutions.
Senior staff of the Dental Institute joined the Dean for the signing, including the Director of Graduate Studies Professor Alistair Lax, Director of Research Professor Tim Watson, and Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Richard Foxton.
Four students from the Chonnam National University School of Dentistry, who had been accepted onto the Institute’s elective programme, were also in attendance.
The previous Dean of the Dental Institute, Professor Nairn Wilson, visited the Chonnam National University in 2008 to celebrate the opening of the dental hospital and school.
King’s collaboration with IFANS
The School of Law at King’s has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), a think-tank and diplomatic training institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of South Korea. The collaborative agreement will enable Korean diplomats to study for an LLM programme at King’s as part of their diplomatic training, and give them the opportunity both to enhance their understanding of foreign affairs issues and to experience an international environment. We look forward to receiving our first students under the agreement next academic year.
South Korea Visit - October/November 2011
From 28 October - 4 November 2011 International Marketing Officer Emma Gutteridge visited South Korea. Her itinerary included visits to seven top schools in Seoul and Daejon where students and parents were provided with presentations and information on King’s programmes, as well as application advice. Other appointments included a visit to our agent representative in South Korea, UKEN, and a dinner with alumni in Seoul. During this trip, King’s also participated in the Education UK Exhibition (29 - 30 October 2011), where Emma provided a seminar on Undergraduate and Postgraduate Study in the UK, which was very well attended. Emma greatly enjoyed meeting everyone during this visit; for details of when King’s will next be in South Korea, see our visits page.
South Korea Alumni Dinner
On Tuesday 1 November 2011 King’s alumni from South Korea met up for a dinner organised via the South Korean alumni branch Facebook page. Emma Gutteridge, International Marketing Officer, was joined by nine alumni who graduated between 2004 and 2011 from programmes including Business Management, Engineering and Mathematics. The dinner took place at the Bulgogi Brothers restaurant in Seoul Finance Centre where everyone enjoyed catching up with each other over a delicious Korean barbecue meal. It was a fantastic event, and one that will hopefully happen again in the future!
Resources for students coming to King's
If you are an offer-holder for King's and are planning to attend classes in September, we are pleased to pass on the details for our International Student Support office.
Situated at the Strand campus, our international student advisors offer free, one-to-one advice on a range of issues, including immigration, as well as running orientation events, talks and workshops throughout the year.
By visiting their facebook page you can find answers to frequently asked question, connect with fellow King's newcomers, ask questions to the team and view photos from past events held for international students. Further resources are also available from their King's webpages.
Film Studies welcomes Korean film specialist
The Film Studies Department will welcomed two new colleagues in September 2011: Dr Jinhee Choi and Dr Catherine Wheatley.
Jinhee (pictured here), who holds two PhDs, one in philosophy and the other in film studies, is a leading figure in Asian cinema, particularly Korean film. Jinhee has held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University, and has taught previously at Carleton University, Canada, and at the University of Kent. Her expertise in world cinema adds a new research and teaching strength to the department.
Catherine is a specialist in European cinema, and film theory. She has taught previously at the University of East London, and has been a research fellow at the University of Southampton. Her expertise in European cinema enhances existing specialist interests within the department.
These new appointments represent the first stage in the expansion of the Film Studies Department, which was ranked best in the UK for the study of film in The Guardian University League Table 2011. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, Film Studies was rated within the top five departments in the country and the high quality of the department’s research is matched by excellence in teaching, as reflected in the outstanding results in the National Student Survey.
King’s named as a leading destination for Asian students
A recent article published via Asian Correspondent’s website has named King’s as one of the top destinations for students from Asia who wish to study in Europe.
Having been placed at 21st in the world by QS World University Rankings 2010 and claimed the Sunday Times ‘University of the Year’ award, this news comes as a welcome addition to King’s growing collection of accolades. The full article is available here.