In the summer 2019 the Norwegian Minister Iselin Nybø, Ministry of Education and Research invited presidents (rectors) of Norwegian universities to join her for a Norwegian delegation visiting South-Korea and Japan. The visit was carried out November 3rd-8th 2019.
Volda University College have had partnership with universities in both countries since 2016 and more than 20 students from Volda University College have experienced Asia through these partnerships.
The schedule of the minister and delegation’s 2019 visit made it possible for Volda to visit our university partners. This was important for us, not least because we have had the pleasure of receiving representatives from Japan in Volda. Rikkyo University have actually visited Volda several times, even by former president Tomoya Yoshioka.
News of the president’s visit (in Norwegian).
We consider it a sign of comittment and seriousness to check out a partner university by visiting the premises and talk to international officers as well as managers and students. This also makes it easier for us to recommend a university for students considering entering an exchange program.
The most important message to prospective students considering travelling to Seoul or Tokyo – as well as to Volda – is that one feels safe. This might be a surprise as the metropolitan regions of Seoul and Tokyo has respectively 25 and 36 million inhabitants.
All people we met at the universities were friendly and helpful, so even though the cities are crowded and busy, we were warmly received and taken very good care of. And this experiene is also shared by our students travelling from Volda to South-Korea and Japan.
Also, in a small place like Volda the general impression from students arriving from Japan is that people are friendly; both at the university college as well as outside. Such as when an old man helped the Japanese exhange-student catch fish in the Voldafjord, close by the university college. Fishing equipment is available as a service to international students.
Before the trip started we also talked to our students who had recently spent a semester in Japan or South-Korea. Their general assessments were positive. Detailed reports from students are available on our website (login is required).
Our partner universities in Japan and South-Korea:
Japan, Yamanashi Gakuin University:
Bilateral agreement was reached in 2014, and the first student exchange happened in 2015. The agreement has been renewed until 2024. In the years 2015-2020 (spring) 13 students from Volda have studied at Yamanashi Gakuin and 2 students from Yamanashi Gakuin have studied in Volda.
Information about the Yamanashi Gakuin university on the Volda University College website:
Yamanasha Gakuin on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamanashi_Gakuin_University
Yamanashi Gakuins liberal arts program:
Japan, Rikkyo University:
Bilateral agreement was reached in February 2017, and representatives from Rikkyo have visited Volda University College in 2016 and 2017. 8 students from Volda have studied at Rikkyo and 2 students from Rikkyo have studied in Volda.
Information of Rikkyo University on the Volda University College website: https://www.hivolda.no/destinasjon?mode=showSchool&idnr=142
Rikkyo Universitety on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rikkyo_University
Rikkyo Universitety webpages:
South-Korea, Sejong University
Bilateral agreement was reached in January 2017. Since then 5 Sejong-students have studied in Volda and 5 Volda-students have studied at Sejong.
Information of the Sejong university on the Volda University College website:
Sejonguniversitety on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sejong_University
Sejonguniversitety webpages: https://eng.sejong.ac.kr/
PS: The Sejong university got its name from King Sejong the great of Korea – who in the 15th Century invented and implemented Hangul, the Korean alphabet. King Sejong wanted Hangul to be easy to learn, also for common people. Not very different from the ideas of Ivar Aasen and nynorsk language!
Pictures from the visit to South-Korea og Japan