The University of Utah of the U.S. and Ghent University of Belgium both held campus opening ceremonies in Songdo, Incheon City on September 1.
Utah University is classified into the Research I Universities Group by the Carnegie Foundation and has joined the ranks of the world’s top 100 universities for 10 consecutive years. It offers undergraduate courses in psychology, journalism and broadcasting, and social welfare studies at the Songdo Campus along with a graduate course in public health. Ghent University, well known for its biotechnology research, is the first European university in Songdo and offers undergraduate courses in molecular biotechnology, environmental engineering, and food science.
Both Songdo campuses use the same admission criteria and curricula as their home schools, and the faculty members are sent from the main campuses as well. Students have the opportunity to study for a couple of semesters at the main campuses of each school, and graduates also receive diplomas from the main school.
At present, a total of four foreign universities are running their campuses in Songdo. The State University of New York and George Mason University opened their campuses in March 2012 and March this year, respectively.