FIT President Joyce F. Brown and a delegation of FIT administrators were in South Korea from October 17 to 19 to celebrate the launch of FIT’s academic programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo. They joined ChoonHo Kim, president of SUNY Korea, as well as Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, president of Stony Brook University (the first SUNY school to offer programs in Korea) for a gala and reception, a fashion show, and alumni events, among other activities.
The events were a celebration of this year’s launch of programs in FIT’s third non-U.S. location, as well as recognition of Korea as a global fashion center.
The FIT academic programs now being offered in Korea are Fashion Business Management and Fashion Design―two signature curricula of the college―leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. These programs reflect the college’s historical commitment to producing industry-ready graduates. Fashion Design is one of the two initial programs offered by the college, which was founded in 1944. The Fashion Business Management program is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States, providing students a comprehensive business curriculum focused on the fashion industry.
The first cohort started in August and its students will earn their AAS degrees from FIT at SUNY Korea. They may then apply to FIT’s bachelor’s degree programs in New York. Fashion Design students can also apply to FIT’s BFA program in Milan.
“SUNY Korea is FIT’s third location abroad, and it opens up a whole new exciting chapter for the college,” said Dr. Brown. “We know that the vibrant Incheon Global Campus attracts students from all over Asia, and we also know that, in each of the last 20 years, South Korea has sent FIT more students than any other country in the world. We would not be in Korea today if it were not for the interest and enthusiasm our students have demonstrated, so in this brand-new venture, we are partners with them.”
FIT at SUNY Korea is located at the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, Korea’s only “smart city,” which is becoming Northeast Asia’s economic hub. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities and classrooms, a library, research labs, a sports center, auditorium, multicultural activity center, dining hall, dormitory, and guest house, as well as other amenities. The Incheon Global Campus is a national project established by the Korean government and Incheon Metropolitan City. SUNY Korea is the first academic institution to locate there.
SUNY Korea was established in 2012 as the first American university in Korea through the combined effort and investment of the South Korean and U.S. governments and SUNY at Stony Brook University.
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Watch the uncut version of the Livestream of the Opening Celebration below. Please note, this is unedited so that we could share with you the footage sooner. You can skip sections of the video to catch moments from the celebration more quickly—or watch it all!