SUNY Korea


To all Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am very pleased to announce that SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and I received notice that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea approved the establishment of SUNY Korea, a partnership in Songdo, South Korea to be operated by SUNY Korea, LLC. The formal announcement, made by SUNY Central Administration today, is available online at

Funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, the Incheon Free Economic Zone and the Metropolitan City of Incheon, SUNY Korea, LLC will offer graduate degrees - with a strong focus on research - in
Computer Science, Information Systems and Technology Systems Management. Faculty in Songdo will comprise a combination of faculty that reside in Korea and faculty from Stony Brook University.
Presently, seven Stony Brook faculty members have expressed interest in teaching assignments in Songdo.

We expect academic programs to begin in March 2012 with a target enrollment of 200 students in the first year. Pending Middle States Accreditation and facility readiness, enrollment applications to SUNY Korea will be available this fall.

SUNY Korea is a very natural next step in fostering Stony Brook's academic relationship with Korea. We currently partner with 15 Korean universities to offer our students a broad selection of international exchange programs; we have established CEWIT Korea; and now, the graduate degrees in Engineering and Technology & Society that will be offered at SUNY Korea will enable Stony Brook to advance even further this highly successful international academic partnership.

An additional piece of news about SUNY Korea came to our attention last week. We were informed that SUNY Korea, in collaboration with the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), has been
awarded a 20 percent allocation of $50 million over 10 years under a Ministry of Knowledge Economy grant for "Fostering Premium IT Professionals."

Establishing revenue neutral programs for a SUNY Korea presence has been in progress for nearly two years, following a May 2009, SUNY Board of Trustees resolution authorizing the development and implementation of overseas educational programs and related academic degree and research collaborations with partner universities and institutions located at the Incheon Free Economic Zone. I want to thank Deputy Provost Brent Lindquist, Yacov Shamash, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the academic and administrative task forces comprised of Stony Brook faculty and staff that have planned for this venture, for the time and dedication they invested to assist SUNY in successfully pulling this outstanding initiative together.

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.