UND graduate Andrew Tanem receives international Fulbright scholarship

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UND graduate Andrew Tanem, has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea where he will teach English as a foreign language.

A 2010 graduate and native of Hibbing, Minn., Tanem is one of more than 1,600 American citizens who will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

“Andy has an academic career in mind as part of his life goals. What attracted him to Korea is his interest in comparing the potential for Korean unification and the unification process in Germany,” said Paul Sum, associate professor of political science.

Sum said that Tanem speaks both Korean and German, which makes him uniquely qualified to study the possible reunification of North Korea and South Korea and compare it to the reunification of East Germany and West Germany. He said Tanem has spent time in South Korea and Germany.

“He will be in Korea to familiarize himself with the country, learn the culture and get a deeper sense of the society,” Sum said. “As a Fulbright scholar, he’ll receive more access than most people would get. It’s a really special opportunity.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.