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    IIT's Global Reach

    Fall 2013

    By Jeanne Hartig Vice President for Marketing and Communications

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    A memorial remembrance at the Korean Demilitarized Zone
    Photo: Jeanne Hartig

    From Seoul to the World

    My trip to Seoul, South Korea, to attend this year's international alumni meeting began in Beijing, China, where I spent the day with Hua Qu, director of the IIT office in China. Over tea, we talked about many things, both personal and professional. I remember thinking that for many prospective students from China, she is the first and often the only IIT person they meet before arriving in Chicago. The enthusiasm with which she spoke about the university was infectious. After our visit in Beijing, I left for South Korea encouraged that IIT has someone in China who believes its distinctive educational experience is a good fit for the young men and women she counsels.

    In Seoul, in the company of more than 140 IIT alumni from Korea, China, Thailand, India, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States, that feeling of excitement was magnified. These accomplished individuals recalled their time in Chicago and at the university with fond memories, and often spoke of how proud they were of IIT and the degrees they earned—in law, engineering, design, business, the sciences, architecture, and technology.

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