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Gwangju University President Kim Dong-jin and WIU President Guiyou Huang
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L-R: Vice President of Global Collaborations Jounghwan Joun, Executive Vice President Gapyong Kim, President Kim Dong-jin, WIU President Guiyou Huang, WIU Professor Minsun Doh, WIU Alumni Council President Matthew Toland, and WIU Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Amy Spelman
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WIU Signs MOU with Gwangju University

June 5, 2023

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL – Western Illinois University and Gwangju University, in Jinwol-dong, Nam-gu, Gwangju, South Korea, entered into a formal partnership April 19 by signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

"President Kim Dong-jin is a proud WIU alumnus, and he welcomed us with open arms," said WIU President Guiyou Huang. "It is always exciting to begin a new formal relationship with another university abroad and begin offering additional opportunities to our students and faculty. We look forward to this partnership with Gwangju University, as well as welcoming students and faculty from South Korea to Western Illinois University."

Approximately 20 people, including President Huang and Gwangju University President Kim Dong-jin, gathered in April at Gwangju University to formally sign the MOU agreeing to student and faculty exchange programs, short-term summer programs and campus and joint research, as well as dual degree programs for mutual development.

"I sincerely welcome the visit of the Western Illinois University delegation, who have built a special relationship with Gwangju University for over 30 years," Kim Dong-jin said. "I hope this agreement will serve as an opportunity to further strengthen the relationship between the two universities."

After the signing ceremony, the group toured Gwangju University's major facilities, including Hosimgwan Smart Lecture Room, Gwell Studio, Hosim Memorial Library and founder Dr. Kim In-gon Memorial Hall.

WIU Alumni Council President Matthew Toland, Assistant Vice President of Alumni Relations Amy Spelman, and Professor Minsun Doh accompanied Huang on the trip.

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