New MSU agreement will exchange graduate students and research in Seoul

There was “exciting science” between Michigan State University and Chung-Ang University at the 20th anniversary of the Korea Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Conference in Seoul, Korea, in early June.

Christopher Contag signs the agreement

Christopher Contag represented MSU on June 5 during a signing ceremony in Seoul that opens the doors for academic exchange.

MSU’s Christopher Contag signed an agreement on an exchange of graduate students and held in-depth Q&A sessions on educational and research opportunities during a ceremony on June 5. Contag is the James and Kathleen Cornelius Endowed Chair; chair of Biomedical Engineering, and director of the Institute for Quantitative Health, Science & Engineering (IQ). 

Attending with Contag was Assaf Gilad, professor of biomedical engineering and radiology, Taeho Kim, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and Mary Anne Walker, director of International Programs in the College of Engineering.

In Korea, they visited the Department of Fusion Engineering at the School of Integrative Engineering, College of ICT Engineering, Chung-Ang University.

Students from Chung-Ang University pose with Spartan helmet cutouts

There was a “Go Green, Go White” spirit at the signing ceremony in Korea.

Walker said the trip advanced research collaborations with Chung-Ang University and helped make plans for an exchange of students, scholars, and joint research endeavors.  

“Chris Contag was a keynote speaker at the Korean Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine KTERMS 2019 Conference on Jeju Island on June 7,” Walker said. “Other speakers at the conference included Dr. Gilad and Dr. Kim, and colleagues from Chung-Ang University on the panel.”

Walker’s role included developing research collaborations with MSU and facilitated new research with Michigan’s University Research Corridor.

“The College of Engineering would like to thank the Asian Studies Center and International Studies and Programs for its generous support of strategic partnership grant funding,” Walker added.

Mary Anne Walker, Assaf Gilad and Taeho Kim stand with faculty from Chung-Ang University

Mary Anne Walker, Assaf Gilad, Christopher Contag, and Taeho Kim represented MSU in Korea.