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Korea, China, Japan consider extending joint exchange program

A joint committee involving educators, experts, and lawmakers from Korea, China, and Japan was held in Tokyo on August 6 to discuss ways to develop Campus Asia, a trilateral higher education exchange program.

The meeting participants discussed ways to extend the number of member countries in order to make Campus Asia a leading university exchange program in Asia.

Participants of the 4th Japan-China-Korea Committee for Promoting Exchange and Cooperation among Universities discuss ways to further develop Campus Asia, a trilateral joint exchange program (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education).

Participants of the 4th Japan-China-Korea Committee for Promoting Exchange and Cooperation among Universities discuss ways to further develop Campus Asia, a trilateral joint exchange program (photo courtesy of the Ministry of Education).


Campus Asia is an international initiative involving Korea, Japan, and China which allows joint and shared university curricula and degrees among university students of the participating countries. So far, ten groups of universities from the three countries have participated in the exchange program.

Under the joint initiative, the three countries provide support such as aviation fare, living, expenses and accommodation for participating students so that they can conduct academic research and learn more about the culture of the host countries without economic difficulties.

In its first year of the implementation, more than 500 students -- including 250 invited students -- participated in the program.

“Though the Campus Asia program ends in 2015, all three countries share a common understanding that we should extend it to other Asian countries,” said a PR staffer of the Ministry of Education. “Considering the high satisfaction of the participating students, we expect that the program can develop as a leading higher education exchange program in Asia like Europe’s Erasmus Program.”

By Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writer
arete@korea.kr

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