U Asia Campus


written by June-Young Lee, Senior PR Specialist

On May 8, 2023, the Urban Ecology Program students from The University of Utah Asia Campus, accompanied by their esteemed professors Dr. Reazul Ahsan and Dr. Idil Ayral, visited the World Bank Korea in Songdo. The primary purpose of this trip was to increase their comprehension of the World Bank’s central function in global development and sustainability initiatives.

During their visit, the students had the opportunity to interact with World Bank professionals who gave them a comprehensive overview of the institution’s policies on environmental and social sustainability (ESS) issues, which are at the core of global development approaches.

The Urban Ecology students eagerly investigated the distinction between the World Bank’s linear and circular adaptation approaches to the sustainable development process to understand how these approaches will impact the future of sustainability. In addition, they were eager to learn how the World Bank evaluates urban development initiatives in various global regions.

As they aspire to contribute to global development and sustainability efforts, the students were also eager to inquire about future career opportunities with the World Bank. World Bank Korea has devoted a distinct wing to the Smart City Development Project, a central component of the Urban Ecology program at the University of Utah. Experts from the World Bank enthusiastically shared their experiences and practical knowledge with the students, allowing them to prepare for future city development programs. 

James Jung Su Park, Director of External Affairs at the University of Utah Asia Campus, organized this extraordinary event. James Park envisioned promoting the University of Utah and fostering a strong connection between academia and field professionals. Through this visit, the students of the Urban Ecology program gained new insights and direction for their educational and professional objectives.

The University of Utah Asia Campus expresses gratitude to the World Bank Korea for their gracious hospitality and insightful feedback. This trip has left an indelible mark on the students, empowering them to contribute significantly to global development and sustainability.