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School of Management Leads Effort to Partner with South Korean University

South Korean exchange students

NYIT is working to create dual-degree offerings in hospitality management, business programs, and study abroad exchanges in partnership with Hallym University in South Korea. Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean for the School of Management (pictured, front row, far right), is leading this effort, which began in summer 2012 with a successful exchange between NYIT and Hallym University.

From July 16 to Aug. 15, NYIT hosted 11 South Korean students and their dean, Dr. Byung Don Choe of Hallym University, for a four-week study abroad program. Koenig worked with Julie Fratrick, director of the NYIT Center for Global Academic Exchange, to organize an array of educational, professional, and cultural immersion experiences for the visiting group.

Koenig coordinated six private tours at top luxury hotels in Manhattan, including the Mandarin Oriental, Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, and Waldorf=Astoria and convened experts from the hospitality industry to serve as guest speakers in the classroom. They included Rick Amato, vice president for the New York Hotel Association; Andrew Rigie, executive director for the New York City Hospitality Alliance; and Rocco LaForgia, director of worldwide sales accounts for Hilton Worldwide and president of the New York Chapter for the Professional Convention Management Association.

Students from Hallym University experienced New York's historical and cultural history by attending tours of Lincoln Center, the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and International Gold Vault, Empire State Building, Blue Note Jazz Café, and Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest winery. They also completed two NYIT courses: business communications for hospitality students and professional hospitality leadership management.

View photos of their educational excursions.

Program Overview: Hallym Study Abroad at NYIT

Professional Tours

  • Hilton Hotel, New York
  • Blue Note Jazz Club: one of the world's best jazz clubs
  • The Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York: five-star, five-diamond property
  • Brotherhood Winery: America's oldest winery
  • Marriott Marquis Hotel, Times Square New York
  • Ritz Carlton Central Park South: five-star, five-diamond property
  • The Waldorf=Astoria: five-star, five-diamond property
  • St. Regis Hotel: five-star, five-diamond property

Cultural Experiences

  • Empire State Building
  • Carmine's Restaurant Times Square
  • United Nations Tour
  • Federal Reserve Bank of New York and International Gold Vault
  • Lincoln Center and Metropolitan Opera House Tour
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island
  • Gasho Japanese Restaurant
  • Woodbury Commons Outlets
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center
  • Museum of Natural History

Hospitality Guest Speakers

  • Rick Amato, vice president, New York Hotel Association
  • Rocco LaForgia, director of worldwide sales accounts, Hilton Worldwide, and president, New York Chapter for Professional Convention Management Association
  • Andrew Rigie, executive director, New York City Hospitality Alliance
  • Robert Koran, director of national accounts, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Hawaii
  • Clifford Mondesir, senior inspector, New York City Department of Health
  • Hanna Lee, president, Hanna Lee Communications, a food, wine, and hospitality industry public relations and marketing firm
  • Alan Someck, green and sustainable director, New York Restaurant Association and Green Hospitality Initiative

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