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Fulbright takes Cal State L.A. dean from Pasadena to South Korea

Allison eyes an ancient kingdom, hosts 11 students for dinner,
envisions more academic exchanges

LOS ANGELES – Terry Allison, an administrator at California State University, Los Angeles, recently met with 11 of the University’s students for dinner – in South Korea.

Picture of Terry Allison.

A Pasadena resident and dean of Cal State L.A.’s College of Arts and Letters, Allison was there as a Fulbright scholar with the U.S.-Korea International Education Administrators Program. The Cal State L.A. students are in South Korea this summer through the California State University’s Strategic Language Initiative.

“It was exciting to see the students we had welcomed to our intensive Korean program on campus just a year ago, now in Seoul to complete their program at Korea University,” said Allison.

Along with a small group of international-program administrators from other U.S. universities, Allison spent two weeks being introduced to South Korea’s society, culture and higher education systems through campus visits, meetings with academic counterparts and government officials, cultural events and briefings on education.

“This Fulbright program’s purpose,” he said, “is to advance our understanding of South Korean higher education... We first stayed at the Sangnam Institute on the campus of Yonsei University in the Sinchon area of Seoul.”

Later, with officials at Korea University, he discussed extension of existing student and faculty exchanges between that campus and Cal State L.A.

Allison also toured historical sites, including Gyeongju, the capital of Silla—which he described as “one of the three ancient kingdoms that formed on the Korean peninsula, the Buddhist center of Korea, and once the center of fabulous wealth.”

“Korea is a great place to teach English or other subjects in English while enjoying an international experience,” said Allison. “I hope many more Cal State L.A. students will pursue international study as we welcome more students from Korea.”

More about the Allison’s Fulbright trip to South Korea can be found on his blog: http://yesiamadean.blogspot.com/.

Appointed as dean at Cal State L.A. in 2006, Allison was previously professor and director of the women’s studies program at CSU San Marcos. He is also an expert in comparative literature and library science.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. It has provided almost 300,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—academic opportunities in other countries.

For more about the Fulbright scholarship to Korea, go to http://www.cies.org/IEA/Fulbright_IEA_0159.htm

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