NEIU Forges Partnership with Korean American Association
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Media Contacts:Dana Navarro|
|November 18, 2013 |
Northeastern Illinois University El Centro Campus Forges Community Partnership with Korean American Association of Chicago
CHICAGO — Today Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) and the Korean American Association of Chicago (KAAC) held a ceremony to mark the beginning of a new partnership between the two institutions. Sharon Hahs, president of Northeastern Illinois University, and Tom Suh, president of KAAC, ceremoniously signed a partnership agreement at the event held this morning at the KAAC offices on the Northwest Side of Chicago.
This partnership is especially important for Northeastern as it prepares for a fall 2014 opening of its new El Centro Campus. The new NEIU El Centro Campus currently is under construction in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood at 3390 N. Avondale Ave. In addition to serving Northeastern students, the NEIU El Centro Campus is dedicated to providing resources to its surrounding community.
Hahs said, “The signing of this agreement is a symbol of our commitment to welcoming the members of the Korean community to the El Centro Campus and to the University. It is my hope that this partnership, founded upon a mutual belief in the power of education to transform individuals and the world, will do much to ensure that generations to come learn from the past as they create a new future.”
“Given the history of our successful partnerships over the course of the past decades, it is a good time to formalize the partnership in the MOU,” Suh added. “We value Northeastern’s support of Korean and Asian American activities on the north side of Chicago, and its commitment to do so at the El Centro Campus, for the benefit of our organizations and the community. Note that this community, however, can extend beyond the local. KAAC welcomes the possibility of Northeastern fostering exchanges for Korean university students.”
About Northeastern Illinois University
Northeastern Illinois University is a fully accredited public university serving 11,000 full and part-time undergraduate and graduate students in the Chicago metropolitan area. NEIU engages its diverse campus community in a rich environment of learning, teaching and scholarship. The University offers more than 80 academic programs in the arts, sciences, education and business. Newsweek magazine has named Northeastern Illinois University the sixth best investment among all universities in the nation and number one in Illinois. The University also is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the most diverse universities in the United States and is federally designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution.
About the Korean American Association of ChicagoThe Korean American Association of Chicago (KAAC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded in 1962 to promote cooperation and unity amongst Korean Americans in Chicago and to provide assistance with the immigrant life settlement process. Since then, KAAC has evolved into an umbrella organization for first and second-generation Korean American organizations in the Chicago metropolitan area and Illinois, and serves the purpose of representing and promoting the interests of Korean Americans in the mainstream, and increasing civic engagement amongst Korean Americans.
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