Four undergraduate students from Brunel Business School – Cindy Tsui Sin Yi, Wing Sze Tai, Kizzy Ebanks and Omer Duman returned to the UK on the 27th July with glowing testimonies after winning a month long study exchange to the Korean Aerospace University (KAU) in South Korea.
The international student exchange between BBS and KAU was set up by Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli, BBS Admissions Director, and Dr Habin Lee, BBS Reader, as the result of a visit to Brunel by the two KAU students and their tutor in 2010.
Now in its third successful year – the international exchange enables four second year BSc Business & Management students who have not secured a Work Placement to travel to KAU in July to study aviation and cultural modules as part of KAU’s summer exchange programme taught in English.
In return, two KAU undergraduate students spend an academic year at Brunel. This year it was the turn of HyeongJune Shim and Woojeong Le who joined BBS in September 2013 for two terms of study alongside BBS second year students whilst living on campus.
For BBS students the exchange to KAU was beneficial on many levels.
Surprisingly by spending so much time with Korean students I actually got into a much better routine for studying as their work ethic is so high, this was reflected in my grades and is something I will be continuing in my final year at Brunel.
I undertook two modules: Korean Culture and Identity in the morning and Airport Service Management in the afternoon. Each lecture was three hours long with three break intervals depending on the lecturer you had. The format of the classes made it very easy to learn as you were consistently engaged and involved with the lesson.
I’m so glad that I applied for the KAU exchange and was selected by the Business School. I learnt so much more during this programme, because I gained specialist knowledge about the aviation sector. I was worried in the beginning, but everyone there was great and this made the programme perfect.
Cindy Tsui Sin Yi
During the third week, KAU invited the former Incheon Airport Cooperation Vice President as a guest speaker. His speech inspired me very much: he not only talked about the history of Incheon Airport, but also give us a briefing on how they plan to develop the Airport in the future to sharpen its competitiveness.
Wing Sze Tai
For KAU student, HyeongJune Shim, it was the social activities at Brunel that enabled him to practice his photographic hobby in an unexpected way.
As part of Brunel’s One World Week I was permitted to put together a photo exhibition on Korea unification. I wanted to show how Korea’s unification is needed for world peace. An exhibition on unification was only possible because I was in the UK and not Korea.
HyeongJune Shim, KAU Student
I was worried that the Brunel curriculum would be very different to KAU, however, there was no need to be afraid. I met so many kind people during Orientation Week. The Brunel Orientation Programme is extremely well-organised – it covers tours of the campus and Central London as well as presentations on the academic system. It was a great way to acquire all-round knowledge of Brunel.
Dr Wafi Al-Karaghouli is delighted with the positive experiences enjoyed by students.
The exchange has been successful on a number of levels. Not only does it offer students the opportunity to acquire additional academic knowledge, it also provides them with significant personal development – it can be a stretch for students to adapt to the cultural and social differences inherent in international exchanges of this kind, but this helps students to adapt their approach to learning and teaching which ultimately helps them to be more confident individuals.