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New Mexico State establishes new links to Asia

New Mexico State University has two new Asian exchange programs for students, faculty and staff wanting to study or teach abroad.


w Mexico State students will inaugurate the programs by traveling to South Korea and China this summer and fall. Students and faculty from the partner schools will come to Las Cruces in the fall.

Jeremy Henderson of Farmington, a graduate student in history, and Kristen Ko'omoa of Las Cruces, a senior majoring in history, will participate in the Bahrom International Program at Seoul Women's University in South Korea from July 6 to Aug. 1. The short-term program provides an intensive introduction to Korean history and culture, and an overview of contemporary Korean society and politics, said Ken Hammond, head of the New Mexico State history department.

The students will receive New Mexico State credits for courses taken in Seoul, Hammond said. Seoul Women's University will send a student to New Mexico State in August for a year of study.

In late August, Eric Lerdal of Las Cruces, a graduate student in history, Zebediah Crook of Albuquerque, a sophomore majoring in communication studies, and Henderson will travel to Shijiazhuang, China, to begin a year of Chinese language study.

In April, New Mexico State and the Shijiazhuang Language and Culture Exchange College (SLCEC) signed an exchange agreement, which allows students to study in China while paying only their New Mexico State tuition and fees. SLCEC President Liu Giuyun visited Las Cruces and signed the agreement here. While New Mexico State students are in China, SLCEC will send students and faculty for advanced training here, Hammond said. He said one visiting faculty member also will teach beginning Chinese.

"These two new programs give New Mexico State students exciting opportunities to study in a rapidly developing part of the world, and to learn about countries which are of great economic and strategic importance for the United States," Hammond said.

For more information, call Hammond at (505) 646-4601 or Paul Huntsberger, director of the Study Abroad Program, at (505) 646-4736.

Julie M. Hughes
May 30, 2002