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South Korea comes to UEL

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The future of female entrepreneurship is looking bright, thanks to UEL’s new international relationship with a leading university in South Korea.

A delegation of 33 academics and staff from EWHA Womans University, South Korea, spent the morning at the UEL Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship.

The visit aimed to build new relationships and share information about the Centre’s partnerships with business and entrepreneurs. The delegation was led by the Director of the Office of Student Affairs, Prof Ick Joong chung.

“They heard about the support UEL gives to students to start up their own businesses here in the UK, and our Make It Global programme, supporting female businesswomen and entrepreneurs,” explained Sunny Crouch.

Make It Global supports women-led small and medium enterprises to break into international markets. It’s run by UEL and delivered in partnership with the European Business Network and a group of stakeholders, thanks to a £1.5 million grant from the EU’s European Regional Development Fund.

“At the start of their visit to the Centre, only two of the visiting students said they had thought of becoming entrepreneurs. After hearing about our programme, nearly 20 said they were interested,” said Sunny Crouch.

She also informed UEL staff that the delegation has invited UEL students to visit them in Seoul.

UEL Vice-Chancellor Professor John Joughin welcomed the delegation. “It was a great pleasure to welcome the delegation from EWHA Womans University, South Korea. I am sure that both staff and students gained much from their visit to UEL’s Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship which has taken a significant lead in the promotion and support of women in business. We look forward to building on this initial visit and to developing a fruitful partnership with EWHA Womans University in the years ahead,” he said.

EWHA student representative Kim Jungwon and associate student representative Lee Youjung, gave an interesting presentation about the history and mission of the university and its overseas programme.

Sunny Crouch, UEL Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise, Martin Longstaff, and the Centre’s coordinator, Kadeza Begum, gave presentations and took lots of questions from an enthusiastic audience afterwards.

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.