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Korean Educators Visit Campus

Three years after Harper College's Jill Izumikawa did research in Korea, the College will host Korean educators on its own turf - the second piece of a Fulbright-fueled program focused on encouraging cross-cultural learning. As part of her 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. She now hopes to give Harper's Korean visitors, all of them higher education administrators, a taste of her experiences on that life-changing trip.

"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, and I believe I'll experience this again when the Korean administrators visit Harper."

Nearly 90 international students are enrolled now at Harper, and more than one-third are from South Korea. Harper President Dr. Ken Ender welcomed the visiting delegates on May 15; the group also toured Harper's campus, learning more about the College's facilities and programs and met with student representatives. Harper is among the stops on the delegates' two-week tour of Midwest colleges and universities.

Media contact: Patrick Bromley, 847.925.6000 ext. 2564