Since its opening in 2009, an increasing number of international scholars, families, and students have joined UNIST. Thus, promoting racial and ethnic diversity has become one important factor among the many considered in admissions and hiring process. In fact, the benefits and potential that international students bring to the hiring pools and to their further studies are truly endless. For instance, working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrouds not only promotes a global learning environment, but it also helps us to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds.
In December 2014, an UNIST alumnus has returned to his Alma Mater to work for the UNIST International Center (UIC). This is the first time, UNIST to hire an international student as a full-time staff member.
“Joining UNIST International Center is a perfect opportunity to apply my interpersonal and critical thinking skills I’ve developed through my previous employment,” said Eugene Agyarko Smart (UIC). “The combination of communication and teamwork skills and professional discipline is crucial to my role here. And I’m very happy to be joining this family-oriented workforce.”
Eugene Agyarko Smart is an international student from Ghana, who graduated from UNIST in 2014 with degrees in Finance & Accounting and International Studies. Prior to joining UIC as a full-time faculty member, he was an intern at Korea International Trade Association (KITA) in August, 2014. Eugene is passionate about International Studies and has over four years of experience working at UIC as a work-study student since 2011. According to Eugene, his experience, working at UIC helped him actively involved in the lives of the international students who are curruntly studying at UNIST.
“Smart is very outgoing and his personality definitely brightens up the work environment,” says his colleague MinJi Kim (UIC).
Smart is grateful for UNIST to give him a chance to study and work at UNIST. Out of many other excellent institutions, some of the primary reasons that made him decide to study at UNIST were its beautiful campus, attractive scholarships, and its safe and welcoming learning environment.
“I am actually working my dream job at the moment,” says Eugene. “My ultimate goal is to return home and provide educational support to those in need.”