Belhaven was selected as one of nine schools across the globe (U.S., China, Russia, U.K., Thailand) to form a student exchange program with Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts (DIMA), Korea. Belhaven College joins Illinois State University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as one of three American schools chosen for this honor.
A delegation from the Korean institute recently visited the campus, and Dr. Parrott met with Mr. Sejin Lee, President, Dr. Miran Yang, Director of International and External Affairs, and Mr. Jongmin Jung, staff member, to formally sign the student exchange program into effect. Potentially, twenty students could experience the exchange program each year. Students from each campus will have classroom experiences as well as internship opportunities as part of the exchange program.
This event comes on the heels of Dr. Parrott’s visit to DIMA’s campus in Korea, on which he remarks, “I was overwhelmed by DIMA’s commitment to excellence: from cutting-edge equipment to state-of-the-art media studios, Belhaven College’s own devotion to the arts will only be emphasized by our newfound relationship with this outstanding international institute.”
Both institutions feel that their strengths complement one another. As one of only 30 schools in the U.S. to be accredited in all arts programs, Belhaven College affords DIMA students the opportunity to study under experienced performing arts faculty, while DIMA provides Belhaven students instruction in cutting-edge technology in the media arts.
Whether a student is majoring in the arts or in business, Belhaven College’s relationship with DIMA expands the horizon for students who hope to enter the workforce with a global understanding of the media arts.