Agreement with Seoul, South Korea, institution furthers Norwich’s goal of internationalizing campus

Continuing a tradition of exchange with overseas military academies and hewing to President Mark Anarumo’s goal to further internationalize campus, Norwich University on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding for an exchange program with the Korea Military Academy in Seoul, South Korea.

The five-year deal was signed during an evening ceremony at Roberts Hall during the International Association of Military Academies conference. Korean Lt. Gen. Jung Soo Kim, the Korea Military Academy’s superintendent, joined Anarumo in signing.

The plan calls for up to three Norwich University and Korean Military Academy cadets to exchange for semester-long studies. The schools will work to ensure equal exchange over the deal’s duration; cadets will arrive at the host institution before the semester starts and leave when classes conclude. The Korean Military Academy semester includes three weeks of joint military training with Korea’s naval and air force academies.

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Korean Military Academy officials pose with Norwich University officials Thursday after the memorandum of understanding signing at Roberts Hall. The Norwich officials from left, back row, Dr. David Ulbrich and Interim Provost Dr. Stephen Fitzhugh, front row, President Dr. Mark Anarumo, Assistant Vice President Thy Yang, Dr. Yangmo Ku and Dr. Travis Morris. (Photo by Mark Collier/Norwich University.)

The home institutions will pick the exchange participants; Norwich cadets must have their ROTC detachment or military service branch’s approval before seeking to participate.

Besides exchanging students, Norwich and the Korea Military Academy agreed to explore exchanging faculty, researchers and administrative staff; organize and run lectures, seminars, conferences and symposia; exchange publications; collaborate on research projects; and promote academic cooperation.

The Korea Military Academy deal follows a 2019 education collaboration agreement signing between Norwich University and Kosovar military leaders. That program started in 2020. The Korea Military Academy also exchanges students with the University of North Georgia, another U.S. Senior Military College.

The International Association of Military Academies conference, which featured a keynote address from retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, drew representatives from 15 nations and explored ways to resolve military challenges and develop military leaders’ skills.

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