OXFORD - South Korean young adults may soon consider themselves "Rebels," thanks to an agreement signed Monday between Hanbat National University in the central province of Daejeon and the University of Mississippi.

Hanbat President Sul Dong-ho led a delegation from his institution to Ole Miss, where they discussed the framework for a "two-and-two" program in which Korean students would spend two years at Hanbat and another two at Ole Miss, earning degrees from both schools.

"I believe this agreement will be profitable and beneficial for both universities," Sul Dong-ho said.

"Our expectation is that this joint partnership we are entering into today will provide great dividends not only to the Hanbat students but also to the University of Mississippi," added Larry Ridgeway, UM vice chancellor of student affairs.

Most of the Hanbat students matriculating at Ole Miss will be majors in various fields of business and engineering. While some of the Korean delegation visited the Schools of Business and Engineering, several members, including the president, spoke with Ridgeway and Assistant Vice Chancellors Charlotte Fant, Leslie Banahan and Sparky Reardon.

The South Korean university has been sending students from those fields to Ole Miss since 2002 to participate in the intensive English program.

Hyun-Gue Park, Sul Dong-ho's secretary, said the Hanbat students who have spent summers at Ole Miss "were very satisfied. The teachers were kind, and they felt very safe here."

"They also wanted the cultural experiences," Sul Dong-ho added. "They enjoyed dancing by the Mississippi River."

Some groups have also visited Faulkner's home, taken day trips to Memphis for a riverboat cruise and a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum and spent a few days in Chicago.

Lydia Jones, wife of Ole Miss Chancellor Dan Jones, toasted the delegation Monday at a luncheon in both English and Korean. The Joneses spent several years in Korea as medical missionaries and are conversant in the language.

The two-and-two program between Hanbat and Ole Miss is expected to begin in 2010 or 2011.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

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