On the International Stage

flag-home-of-south-korea-jpgNU forms historic ROTC partnership with Korea

Norwich University has signed a new agreement with Korea University and the Republic of Korea’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Command, for the semester-long exchange of cadets between the two institutions. This is the first agreement of its kind in Korea’s history. Until recently, South Korean law did not permit ROTC cadets to study abroad for an entire semester. The first two cadets from Korea University arrived on the Hill this fall.

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Norwich cadets visit with Fu Hsing Kang College students in front of the school’s spirit towers. (Photo: Mindy Ward)

Norwich cadets visit with Fu Hsing Kang College students in front of the school’s spirit towers. (Photo: Mindy Ward)

Over spring break, four Norwich cadets got a taste of Taiwanese culture—not to mention rich food—as part of a Norwich delegation to Taiwan to strengthen relationships with the Republic of China Military Academy (ROCMA) and Fu Hsing Kang College. Led by Professor Joe Byrne, associate vice president for academic affairs, the student quartet included cadets Peter Carbone ’16, McKenzie Walbridge ’17, David Heinsohn ’18, and Lauren Lohmiller ’18, as well as International Student & Scholar Services Coordinator Mindy Ward, and Wei Hsin Chung, a professor in the School of Business & Management who hails from Taiwan.

The purpose of the trip: to support Norwich’s efforts to internationalize and to foster global awareness. “We used a very careful process when selecting the student members of the delegation,” Byrne says. “We wanted delegates who would represent Norwich well. They were excellent at interacting with their counterparts in Taiwan and in making the trip successful.”

The student blogs throughout the trip included lively headings such as Heinsohn’s “The Wild Wonders of a Night Market,” about their excursion into the realm of exotic street food, and “Girl Power,” in which Lohmiller observes the cultural differences between ROCMA and Norwich: “At Norwich, I will say the females are very integrated within the school, since we train and live with the male cadets,” she writes. “The females at ROCMA live in an entirely different building, and are in an entirely female company!”

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