The University of Kentucky (UK), Esports Organization Gen.G and International Studies Abroad (ISA) have joined hands to launch an International Esports Exchange Programme in Seoul, South Korea.
This student exchange programme, will be starting this May and will offer students a four-week stay at Hanyang University or Korea University.
This programme is initiated by University of Kentucky’s Student Success and Education Abroad & Exchanges departments.
Executive Director of Education Initiatives at Gen.G, Joe Baek commented: “As the first and only esports organization to connect the biggest esports markets in the world, Gen.G is at the forefront of developing outcome-driven, world-class education with global implications. This new opportunity through UK is the epitome of this effort.
“Visiting students will have the opportunity to experience esports like never before — meetings with pro players and coaches, seminars with industry professionals and workshops with students specializing in esports — all culminating in a final project where students from both the U.S. and Korea work together to design, prepare and execute an actual esports event. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, all held within the backdrop of the birthplace of esports.”
This programme provides opportunity to the students to participate in customized esports activities designed by Gen.G and to provide networking opportunities with esports professionals.
The first six students who complete their application will automatically receive receive a $1,500 (~£1,088) scholarship sponsored by ISA.
Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for UK Student Success, Katherine M. McCormick commented “This programme is unique because it gives our students a chance to experience esports and gaming through a cultural lens. Gaming is a $180+ billion industry, and esports specifically with $1 billion in gross revenue, are sectors where jobs are developing quickly across multiple disciplines: computer science and engineering, communication, marketing/social media, accounting, event promotion and facility management.”
Apart from this initiative, last month, Gen.G and University of Kentucky announced The University of Kentucky Esports Invitational, a series of tournaments featuring nine universities competing in League of Legends, Rocket League and VALORANT.