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Lawrence Tech signs agreement with Korean university

Release Date: October 7, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University has signed an agreement with Chungju National University (CJNU) in South Korea calling for student and faculty exchanges and the exploration of joint delivery of undergraduate degrees.

The agreement was signed by Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker and CJNU President Byung Jib Jang. Previously the two universities had agreed to exchange architecture faculty and students.

"We welcome the opportunity to build a bridge between the United States and one of the strongest economies in Asia," Walker said. "The cooperation between our two universities should result in many opportunities for our students."

Students in majors offered at both universities will be able to participate in an exchange program. After a semester of study, students will stay on for another semester whenever possible to take an internship in industry.

All classes at Lawrence Tech will be conducted in English, and the university has agreed to provide English as a Second Language instruction to Korean students.

Faculty and staff exchanges, joint research and consulting, and joint conferences were also authorized by the agreement.

The two universities agreed to pursue opportunities to offer joint academic programs so that CJNU students who have completed two or three years of credits can transfer to Lawrence Tech and obtain a degree. Such an arrangement probably will require approval from the governments of both countries and the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Recognizing the importance of global opportunities for students, Lawrence Tech has partnership arrangements with 21 universities in 11 countries.

CJNU has more than 8,000 students in four colleges and two graduate schools.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.