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Dr. Taylor Seeks to Expand Foreign Exchange Program


Williamsburg, Ky. – Take a walk on University of the Cumberlands’ campus, and it is easy to see the vast improvements and educational growth due to the new buildings, beautiful landscape and bright, young faces, highlighting the campus as well as the community. While several overt changes have taken place on the outside, University of the Cumberlands President Dr. Jim Taylor has been working hard to enhance the characteristics not as visible to the public.

On a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, Dr. Taylor continued his strive forward in expanding the university and its foreign exchange program by speaking to over 30,000 Koreans.

“I went there to create some partnerships with the different universities and things went very well,” Taylor said. “We think it will help enrich the opportunities here at the university.”

During his stay in Seoul, Dr. Taylor proposed the possibility of offering English as a second language during the summer.

“Korea has good students who are committed. Their families are interested in higher education; and ultimately, they turn out to be some of the best and brightest students we have,” Dr. Taylor said.

The trip was not only successful for Dr. Taylor and the university, but it was also an enjoyable affair. The University of the Cumberlands Board of Trustees authorized Dr. Taylor to present an honorary degree to the minister of education on their behalf. Although everything was done through translators, Dr. Taylor felt comfortable and relaxed during his stay.

“They are very Patriotic and think highly of the United States,” he said. “They treated me first class and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

With a couple of students from Korea scheduled to enroll in January, University of the Cumberlands will soon offer students a chance to take classes and professors the opportunity to teach during summers in Korea.

“Over time it will enrich the cultural opportunities for our students and will bring in several wonderful students from Korea who will do exceedingly well and become good alumni for the institution,” Taylor said.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts university in its 116th year of operation. UC offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs.

pictured from left to right are: Dr. Bobby Griffin of Bristol, Virginia, a successful businessman, president of several companies, and serves on the board of several colleges and universities; Mrs. Jin Pyo Kim of Korea, wife of Dr. Jin Pyo Kim; Dr. Jin Pyo Kim, Republic of Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education & Human Resources Development; Dr. Jim Taylor, University of the Cumberlands President in Williamsburg, Kentucky; Dr. Billy Kim, President of Baptist World Alliance, Far East Broadcasting Company, Korea.