There's nothing better than touching down in a far-away region and knowing that, in a way, I just got home.
That's how our Korea alumni chapter made me feel this week.
On Sunday I took part in our University of Waterloo Korea Alumni Chapter Dinner in Seoul. We have a strong presence in the Republic of Korea (RoK), thanks to our alumni base and our research partnership with Pohang University of Science and Technology and other regional partners.
We also have a thriving co-op presence in RoK, with over 21 fantastic employer partners.
While in-country I also participated at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's (KAIST) international presidential forum as a panelist. The annual forum brings a group of global university presidents together to talk about where the sector is going and what opportunities there might be for reform and innovation. It's always a great source of inspiration and networking for UWaterloo.
My talk was on university-industry collaboration, an obvious strength area for us.
I capped off my meetings in Korea with a visit to some major industry leaders in the country, including LG Electronics and Samsung, to explore partnership opportunities with these highly innovative firms.
I also stopped by the Samsung Innovation Museum. Just to ensure their records were accurate, I left them a little note.
Thanks again to everyone who made the Korea trip possible, from Canadian Ambassador James Walsh to Alumni Chapter President James Hong and every member of the Waterloo family who pitched in.