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President Yoon Soo Kim from Chonnam National University visits Virginia Tech

June 25, 2012 –

Dr. Yoon Soo Kim, a wood scientist by training but currently President of Chonnam National University in South Korea visited Virginia Tech in late April. Attending with Dr. Kim were Dr. Gyonggu Shin, Vice President of International Programs and Dr. Hyeun-Jong Bae, Center Director for Bioenergy Research at Chonnam National University. Dr. Bae also presented a seminar on Bioenergy in Asia during the visit.

President Yoon Soo Kim from Chonnam National University Delegates from Chonnam National University meet with Administrators at Virginia Tech to discuss collaborative opportunities between the two Universities. From left: Dr. Bae, Chonnam National University, S. Korea; Dr. Patrick Miller, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Outreach, College of Architecture + Design; Paul Winistorfer, Dean, College of Natural Resources and Environment; Dr. Susan Ott Rowlands, Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences; Dr. Daniel Wubah, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, Dr. Barry Goodell, Head, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials; President Yoon Soo Kim, Chonnam National University, S. Korea; Miriam Rich, Communications Coordinator for the Office of International Research Education and Development; Dr. Gyonggu Shin, Vice President of International Programs, Chonnam National University, and Dr. Jerome Niles, Interim Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs

In meeting with administrators and scientists at Virginia Tech, the Chonnam National delegation signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Universities and an exchange program for students was discussed. There are many commonalities in the academic offerings of Virginia Tech and Chonnam National. Chonnam National University is ranked as one of the top 100 Universities in all of Asia and we look forward to future collaboration particularly in the area of Sustainable Biomaterials.



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