When it comes to advanced science and technology developments in artificial intelligence (AI), semiconductors, and wireless networks, all eyes will be on University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) Gwangju host university Chonnam National University (CNU). The city of Gwangju provides students with an enjoyable study abroad program and first-hand experience with the South Korean culture that’s focused on tradition and technological innovation.
Recently, CNU became one of several universities tapped to participate in a national initiative to advance 5G and upcoming 6G technologies for use in XR (cross reality) content and autonomous driving, according to the CNU Newsletter. Referred to as the Next-Generation Communication Innovation Convergence University Project, CNU will receive 10.2 Billion South Korean won (KRW)/7.7 billion United States dollars (USD) every year until February 2027. Gwangju’s metropolitan setting will serve as a playground for all the participating universities to work with industry partners to develop projects and micro-degrees for specialized 5G- and 6G-related skills.
Additionally, the South Korean government has earmarked 34 billion KRW/25.8 billion USD for CNU and neighboring Jeonbuk National University to educate and support a new workforce for next-generation semiconductors. Focused on automotive technology, optical engineering, and artificial intelligence, the joint goal is to cultivate 420 new professionals for the Honam region over the next four years.
USAC students can choose to take undergraduate courses at CNU. The study abroad student experience at Gwangju Main Campus receives high praise.
“The scenic national parks, the busy traditional markets, the historic landmarks, and the international friendships are what make Gwangju a special place to study abroad,” Katie Emery said. “Visiting various places, including Seoul and Busan, gave me incredible opportunities to experience Korea’s food, traditions, and beauty.”