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Once in a lifetime opportunity for top Aston student

31 October 2006 – for immediate release

One lucky Aston University student was recently given the opportunity of a lifetime to attend The University of Seoul’s international summer school in South Korea.

Some of the top universities from around the globe sent their most promising pupils to the three week intensive programme which promised to enlighten them on Korean language, society, culture, history, and business.

Khalid Miah, a second year Politics and International Relations student, was chosen to represent Aston and had ‘the time of his life!’ Khalid was able to meet people from all corners of the world and made friends from San Francisco State University (USA), Moscow State University and Fudan University of China, amongst others.

Khalid is the first student Aston to have attended the summer programme at the South Korean University. The Languages and Social Science’s (LSS) department was especially pleased with the excellent feedback they received from Seoul University about Khalid. The ambitious student, whose dream is to become a UN ambassador, was even chosen to represent the 35 plus students and make the closing speech at the international programme’s farewell party.

Professor Keum from The University of Seoul came to Aston at the end of October to meet colleagues in LSS with a view to develop a long term exchange plan between the two Universities, initially in the areas of International Relations and English Studies.

Seoul’s international summer school programme was able to offer Khalid free accommodation, free tuition fees and a grant to help with his travel expenses. In return for the sponsorship, one student from Seoul will come to Aston in January to spend half year on the LSS Junior Year Abroad programme, majoring in International Relations.

Khalid’s average week consisted of four days of Korean study with the other three days spent touring the delights of South Korea. He also spent a weekend with a Korean family in their home and learnt basics of the Korean language.

‘My University course helped because it gave me an appreciation of Asian Pacific region relationships, which is something which will help me in my future career. It was a great honour for me to represent the University and to meet so many people from around the world. It was one of the most fulfilling times of my life and a summer which I shall never forget!’ said Khalid.

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For further press information please contact Hannah Brookes on (0121) 204 4549.

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