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Songdo 2020

속박을 풀어주다

(According to a Web translator, that’s how you write “unshackle” in Korean.)

Click here to read how the State University of New York at Stony Brook has gotten the OK to build a new campus—in Incheon, South Korea.

It got traction in February when Samsung announced it would invest 3.3 trillion won ($3.1 billion) in plants to make biopharmaceuticals and other health-related equipment by 2020, and started building a factory and R&D center in Songdo.

That’s gonna be one heck of a commute for a poor kid from Watertown.


  • Anon

    “SUNY Brand as Symbol of Excellence: Chancellor, Stony Brook President Announce New Partnership in South Korea

    “SUNY Brand”- so now SUNY is a brand just like McDonalds. Instead of opening a new restaurant, SUNY Stony Brook is opening a new campus in South Korea, under the “SUNY” Brand Name.

    http://www.suny.edu/sunynews/News.cfm?filname=2011-07-25-SUNYKoreaRelease.htm

    SUNY seems to forget what its mission is and what its obligations are to the people of NY State:

    The mission of the state university system shall be to provide to the people of NEW YORK educational services of the highest quality, with the broadest possible access, fully representative of all segments of the population in a complete range of academic, professional and vocational postsecondary programs including such additional activities in pursuit of these objectives as are necessary or customary.

    Read more: http://www.suny.edu/about_suny/mission.cfm

    Is one to assume that there will now be a change in that SUNY Mission Statement and it will be revised to say that the State University of New York and Songdo, South Korea will provide the people of the world educational services of the highest quality?

    “If they build it, they will come.” The question is how long will they be open for the students to stay?

    If Stony Brook couldn’t handle a campus (Stony Brook Southampton) 50 miles away from its main campus, how do they expect this to work. At least this time they are using someone elses money or will it still cost the NYS taxpayers in some other way, like substandard services, unfinished projects and the soon to be abandoned substainability studies program.

    “The Power of SUNY”