Amazing South Korea!
South Korea occupies the southern portion of the Korean Peninsula, which extends 680 miles from the Asian mainland. This mountainous peninsula is flanked by the Yellow Sea to the west, and Sea of Japan (East Sea) to the east. Its southern tip lies on the Korea Strait and the East China Sea. South Korea's terrain is mostly mountainous, most of which is not arable. Lowlands, located primarily in the west and southeast, make up only 30% of the total land area.
The Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia with one of the world's fastest growing economies in the world. South Koreans refer to this growth as the "Miracle on the Han River". The South Korean economy is heavily dependent on international trade, and in 2010, South Korea was the sixth largest exporter and tenth largest importer in the world, producing important global exports with names like LG, Samsung, and Hyundai. South Korea was one of the few developed countries in the world able to avoid a recession during the recent global financial crisis, and its economic growth rate reached 6.2 percent in 2010 (the fastest growth for eight years after significant growth by 7.2 percent in 2002), which was a sharp recovery from economic growth rates of 2.3% in 2008 and 0.2% in 2009 when the global financial crisis hit. The unemployment rate in South Korea also remained low in 2009 at 3.6%.
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Daejeon is South Korea's fifth largest metropolis and the provincial capital of Chungnam.The city is surrounded by several mountains, and Gyeryongsan National Park straddles the city border to the west. Located in the center of the country, Daejeon had a population of over 1.5 million in 2010. Within the city limits lies Daedeok Science Town, an area with more than 200 research institutions- making it the 'Silicon Valley of Korea'.
Daejeon is a center for transportation in South Korea, where two major expressways, Gyeongbu Expressway and Honam Expressway, and two major railways, Gyeongbu railway and Honam railway, are joined. Travel time between Daejeon and Seoul using the high-speed railway system, known as the KTX, is about fifty minutes. The nearest airport to Daejeon is Cheongju Airport, about a thirty-minute drive north of Daejeon.
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Hannam Universty (HNU is a private Christian university in Daejeon, founded in 1956 by missionaries from Montreat, North Carolina. There are 7 graduate schools, 10 colleges with 5 divisions and 49 departments, 9 auxiliary organizations, 40 research institutes, and 163 overseas sister institutions in 32 countries. As a major comprehensive university, Hannam offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs that reflects its commitment to teaching, research, and service to the greater community. Hannam University is consistently recognized as one of top universities in Asia, and ranked 191st in Asia by QS Asian Universities Ranking in 2010.
The International Program at Hannam also works with the Linton Global College to make
sure that there are openings available for international students who wish to study
at HNU. The Linton Global College is unique because it is the first program in Korea
that offers a four year degree with courses taught only in English. The International
Program also works with the Center for Korean Language and Studies to provide quality
Korean education for students who wish to study Korean and obtain a certificate for
One of the biggest pieces of assistance that is offered by the International Program is the “Buddy” System. All students arriving from abroad will be matched with a “buddy” who is a Hannam Student. These buddies help students adjust to life in Korea as well as help them with anything that they may need. Also, the HNU International Program offers a unique program for students that may not normally be able to visit South Korea for a semester or a year by offering the Korean Studies Summer Program (KSSP). The KSSP has provided many WCU students the opportunity to learn a lot about Korea in a short three week period during the summer vacation.
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