Three years after Harper College's Jill Izumikawa did research in Korea, the Palatine college hosted Korean educators last week as part of a Fulbright-fueled program focused on encouraging cross-cultural learning.
The group, which is on a two-week tour of Midwest colleges and universities, toured Harper's campus, learned about the college's facilities and programs, and met with student representatives.
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Nearly 90 international students are enrolled at Harper, and more than one-third are from South Korea. As part of a 2010 Fulbright grant, Izumikawa, Harper's coordinator of International Student Services, toured 11 Korean universities and stopped at businesses, cultural sites and a local high school to get a feel for the culture and the country's higher education system.
"Engaging with professionals in a different country rejuvenated my passion for international education," says Izumikawa, who has worked in international education for three decades. "When I returned to Harper College, I saw the international students differently. I have reconnected with the work I do, and am finding new ways to support these students."