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Summer School in Korea

Computing and Business

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Completion Date: Tue 23 May 2017

Who am i?

My name is Stefan and I am currently a Postgraduate Student in the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at the University of Essex and also alumni for the Essex Business School. Since young, I have always loved technology, but at the same time I developed a passion for business studies as well. I received an education in both these fields, and now I am looking for the right opportunity to bridge both these backgrounds into one.

What am I crowdfunding for?

I am raising £1300 to fund the Flight Costs, Visa Application, Insurance and Transport costs related to my one-month course at the Pusan National University in South Korea. PNU is one of the top ranked universities in Korea, a national leader in research in higher education.

my goals

It never occurred to me that I will be successful in securing this opportunity, after all the places for this summer school were rather limited, or so I've heard. What makes this even more exciting is that I have always been interested in learning more about Korea. Having studied Business for my undergrad studies and now doing a postgrad course in Computer Science, Korea seems more fascinating to me than any other country.

Culturally, Korea is just amazing, especially considering that its language has only recently been developed in the modern form that we have today. This is an amazing feat of culture that has no equal anywhere else in the world, as languages evolve over much larger periods of time, but Korean has sprung up much later on compared to any other existing language at the time. This unique position seems to be reflected also today in the way business practices are being conducted in Korea. We all know the giant electronics manufacturer, Samsung, and other notable Korean companies that have become highly reputable over the years. They've done this in a relatively short time frame, becoming world renowned and securing a large percentage of the international market share.

This opportunity would benefit me tremendously both satisfying my personal curiosity and also offering me an insight on how the most important elements of today’s society, technology and business are handled in places as far away as Korea. In the global world we live today, where the borders between countries are fast vanishing and where progress is advanced by technology and materialized by business and its “know-how”, my pursuit appears meaningful and well aligned to promote impact and excellence in both my fields of interest. This program and its substantial cultural experience that I will be exposed to is the "bridge" that I was mentioning earlier.

Pusan National University - Main campus

Where will the money go?

My costs are the following:

1. Flight tickets : £900

2. Visa Application : £150

3. Insurance : £100

4. Transport : £150

This adds up to a total of £1300 , which I am hoping to crowdfund through the CLICK platform and achieve my dream this summer. With your support, I am confident that I can reach this target. Any contribution matters, no matter how big or small, and any extra funds raised will go towards additional cultural opportunities during my trip. As a token of my gratitude I will send you gifts and souvenirs from Korea for every donation made. Please watch the video for more details.

Thank you !

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CREDITS: Upon returning from Korea I will begin putting together a short film highlighting my experience overseas and I'll make sure you get to see your name in the credits section. I will then upload the film on YouTube, and share it with you and everyone else.

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POSTCARD: This is where you will get a beautiful postcard being sent to you from Korea with your name written using the Korean alphabet. I do hope I can spell Korean by then.

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AWARD: You will receive a certificate of sponsorship, written both in English and Korean with my special thanks for making this happen.

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WELCOME TO KOREA: For this one you'll have to send me a high-res picture of yourself which I will take with me to Korea and find a touristic attraction where both you and I will be taking a picture together. You will then get the electronic and paper copy posted to you once I get back to the UK

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TEA LOVER?: You will receive a coaster with my host university logo printed on it. Added to this, I will also make sure you get a tea-box of local Korean Traditional Tea just so that you can enjoy sipping an exotic beverage from the comfort of your home :D

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DEFINITELY A TEA LOVER: This includes the tea-box and coaster bundle mentioned earlier plus a coffee mug personalized with your name or picture, whichever you prefer, just let me know in advance :)

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COLLECTOR'S BUNDLE: You will get a collection bundle consisting of a T-Shirt with the Korean flag and a cool Korean inscription, plus a multiple items souvenir containing several random items mentioned earlier and a couple of surprise items that I won't tell anything about now, coz even I don't know exactly what they will be :P

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