GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY KOREA







                                                                                                                  

1.

Held Town Hall Meeting with New President, Gregory WASHINGTON


A virtual town hall was held with new president, Dr. Gregory WASHINGTON, on September 17. It was the new president's first meeting with the broader Mason Korea community. Dr. WASHINGTON shared his familiarity with South Korea, recalling his military days in South Korea, and promised to work together for the creation of a Mason with Korean characteristics.


2.

Participated in the Habitat for Humanity Korea program


The students, faculty, and staff of Mason Korea visited the Habitat for Humanity Korea construction site in Cheonan on November 11 to participate in the "Building Homes and Hope" program for those in need. This volunteer work was conducted with a limited number of participants in accordance with the COVID-19 safety rules, and activities included installing windows and cleaning the construction site. Recently, Mason Korea launched the "Mason Cares Program" as part of its commitment to making a positive impact in the community. In accordance with George Mason University's mission to create a more just and prosperous world, the Program will bring students, faculty and staff together to join regular volunteer efforts to promote community development.


3.

Signed MOU with embassies


Mason Korea signed MOUs for cooperation in education projects with the embassies of Iraq, Croatia, Sierra Leone, Ecuador, Honduras, Czech Republic and the Ivory Coast. With these embassies, the university agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in the field of higher education. This partnership is expected to provide talented international students with an opportunity to study on the Mason Korea campus, and a variety of activities, includingspecial lectures, internships and other joint

programs with the embassies. Mason Korea continues to focus on building partnerships with regional and international organizations to enhance its diversity and accessibility.


4.

Accounting professors contributed to the Maeil Business Newspaper on AI age


LEE Jenny Jung-wha in Accounting at Mason Korea and Professor J.K. AIER at George Mason University contributed a coauthored article on accounting in the AI era to the Maeil Business Newspaper. The two professors agreed that AI cannot replace expertise in accounting although it speeds up data synchronization. Accordingly, they expected accounting to grow with AI following its transition to the field of accounting specialists who can interpret and analyze data more accurately.


5.

Held PACSC event


A workshop was held on November 4 by the Peace and Conflict Studies Center(PACSC) Asia under the theme of "A Conflict

Analysis and Resolution Approach to International Cooperation and Sustainable Development: A Path to Soft-Landing Korean Unification." At this event attended by Mason Korea's PACSC, Hanns Seidel Foundation Korea, and the East Asia Australasian Flyway Partnership(EAAFP), the audience shared a wide range of in-depth discussions on how the analysis and research of various projects like North Korean forests, wetlands, and migratory birds can act as a driving force for inter-Korean peace and cooperation.


4.

Held CSPS events one after another


Dr. KWON So-young, Director of The Center for Security Policy Studies(CSPS) at Mason Korea, and her fellows attended the

15th Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity held from November 5 to 7. Its main theme was "Reinventing Multilateral Cooperation:

The Pandemic and Humane Security," and it primarily dealt with environmental security, cybersecurity, multilateralism, and response to the post-pandemic era for the realization of sustainable peace in Asia. On November 19, the CSPS Korea also hosted a special lecture, "A Simple Strategy for Negotiating with North Korea in the Next Administration” by George HUTCHINSON, a PhD candidate at Mason and currently a fellow at the CSPS in the United States.