On February 7, 2018 the City of Dallas hosted 10 students from Incheon National University in Incheon, South Korea, as part of a 10-day internship with the University of Texas Dallas (UT-Dallas).
The students, who are studying architecture, urban planning, public administration and civil engineering, toured Dallas, including a visit to City Hall, to compare the city’s governance, urban design, transportation networks and attractions to those in South Korea.
Staff from the City’s Office of Economic Development (ECO) and Planning and Urban Design (PUD) departments made presentations to the students. Economic Development Director Courtney Pogue attended the meeting along with Assistant Director Robin Bentley.
Director Pogue said collaborative programs focusing on community engagement and service are important, and will play a major role in the City’s upcoming economic development strategic planning efforts. “Dallas is an international city. It is important, as we launch our strategic plan, that we share our story with an international audience.”
Dr. Dohyeong Kim, associate professor of public policy, political economy and geospatial information sciences in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at UT-Dallas, developed the internship program for students to gain perspective and compare programs and issues regarding urban policies and practices in the United States to South Korea.
Incheon National University provides a wide range of internship opportunities for its undergraduate students. Through Dr. Kim’s efforts with counterparts at Incheon National University, UT-Dallas has formed an on-going partnership that will include annual internships and explore more collaborative opportunities between the universities and their reflective home communities.