Mason Korea Launches Industry-University Collaboration Foundation


Mason Korea officially launched its Industry-University Collaboration Foundation (IUCF) at an opening ceremony held at Mason Korea’s Global Lounge last night.

“The IUCF solidifies Mason Korea’s role as an active research and civic engagement campus alongside George Mason’s US campuses,” said President Gregory Washington in his congratulatory address. “It allows for faculty to tackle tough issues of the 21st century and for Mason students to partner with them in experiential learning and professional growth,” he added.

"With the official launch ceremony of the IUCF, Mason Korea will expand our ability to support the future of our local community as well as Korea as a whole through high-quality research and response to local industrial needs,” said Dr. Shannon Davis, Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Director of IUCF.


Mason Korea has been actively engaged with industry partners, including major computer game corporations NCSoft and Gen.G. This April, Mason Korea launched the Incheon Citizen Life College – Global Campus Program through which faculty have been teaching free courses to Incheon citizens. In addition, Mason Korea has been running a business English communication program for Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) employees to help them improve their global capabilities.

Mason Korea’s two research centers have also been conducting research and holding educational symposia through the years. The Center for Security Policy Studies Korea (CSPS-Korea), the Korea branch of CSPS at the Schar School, works closely with CSPS in the US to hold academic symposia and provides policy advising. The Peace and Conflict Studies Center Asia (PACSC Asia) conducts in-depth research on peace and conflict and holds conferences in partnership with local and global research foundations.

The Mason Korea community, including leaders, faculty, and visiting US advisory board members, as well as IGC and IFEZ partners, and industry partners joined the ceremony to celebrate this new chapter in Mason Korea’s history.


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