UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 13 | Nov.
Sharing Cultures with Korea, Japan and Mexico
Joint Academic Programs Popular with Students
By Erica Smishek
UBC continues to strengthen its place in the world community
thanks to Joint Academic Programs with Korea, Japan and Mexico.
These programs include both academic and housing elements,
allowing students from these countries to share and understand
their distinct cultures with those of Canadians.
UBC President Martha Piper and Dr. Sung-Joo Han, president
of Korea University officially opened Korea University-UBC
House, on Oct. 30. Since September, students from Korea University
in Seoul have been living in this integrated residential environment
with 100 UBC students.
The program mirrors an existing program with Kyotos
Ritsumeikan University. Rits House opened in March
1992 for 100 Japanese students and 100 UBC students. In addition
to apartments with four private bedrooms, two bathrooms and
a shared kitchen, dining and living areas, Rits House features
a Japanese-style tatami room and the Ritslab Multimedia Facility
with computers, a language lab and a comprehensive resource
Construction on a third residence in co-operation with Mexicos
prestigious university Tec de Monterrey has begun at Place
Vanier, with completion scheduled for September 2003.
Each year, approximately 100 students from Tec de Monterrey
are accepted into the joint academic program with three program
length options - term, academic year or summer. Students can
also take courses toward an accredited and internationally
recognized certificate in 20 specialty areas.
We have had a great response, said Silvia Martinez,
director of the Tec de Monterrey-UBC Joint Academic Program.
Initially, the students didnt know much about
UBC and Canada. But now that they know, they love UBC, they
love it in Vancouver and the program is continuing to grow.