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VIPP participants come from government, industry, and academia. Find out what some of our former students have to say about VIPP programming by clicking on their names.

Changwon Lee

Department Director, KOSCOM, South Korea

VIPP Residency: December 2014 to December 2015, SGPEP - Global Finance and Leadership

Changwon Lee with his two sons after the MSU vs. Maryland football game.

VIPP has provided me a unique opportunity to enhance my professional knowledge in the finance sector through a dynamic academic program. The site visits to the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) helped me develop global perspectives on the finance industry. I have participated in almost every cultural activity and academic program organized by VIPP with my family whenever possible (such as the Spring Festival, cross country skiing, maple syrup festival, football tailgating, Thanksgiving potluck, brown bag lunch speaker series, and various field trips). My children also made unforgettable memories in Michigan, which I believe will be a powerful engine for their lives in the future.

Bong Up Cho

Vice Mayor of Jeonju City, South Korea

VIPP Residency: December 2004 to December 2005, SGPEP-Public Policy and Government Leadership

Bong Up Cho
In 2005, I had the opportunity to study at VIPP. I broadened my perspectives and saw the beauty of the Great Lakes. Most importantly, it bolstered my confidence in various ways: I improved my spoken English, rediscovered my personality in new and sometimes challenging situations, and learned how to maintain a good attitude in the workplace.
VIPP experiences have been a source of inspiration in my career. I now work as a vice mayor of Jeonju city in South Korea. I am proud that Jeonju was selected to host the opening ceremony and several matches for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. I contributed to the process by using the English competency and practical knowledge I learned in VIPP.
Go Green! Go White!

Numan Bensaleh

HR Specialist, Mellitah Oil and Gas B.V. Libyan Branch, Libya

VIPP Residency: September 2015 to June 2016, SGPEP-Human Resources

Numan Bensaleh
I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis) in 1999 and haven't been able to walk since 2011. VIPP helped me get medical service from the MSU clinic and Sparrow Hospital and make connections with various organizations including the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) at MSU. RCPD has offered me tremendous help, including the motorized wheelchair, disability-friendly apartment, and weekly activities where I've met a lot of new friends.
Read his story in-depth at VIPP's blog 

Dr. Demet Korucu

Associate Professor, Department of Material Science, Gazi University, Turkey

VIPP Residency: September 2015 to June 2016, SGPEP-Higher Education


Dr. Demet Korucu

I strongly recommend young people and their families choose MSU since it's a very family friendly, safe and welcoming campus. After attending MSU, I would say never give up. If you really want to achieve something there are abundant opportunities and well-intentioned people who try to help you at MSU. Many thanks to MSU, especially the kind staff and academic personnel, for an enjoyable stay.

Cong Qu

Lecturer of Chongqing Normal University, China

VIPP Residency: August 2015 to August 2016, GPEP

Cong Qu poses with a jack-o-lantern.
VIPP is a great organization that feels like a family. The devotion of the VIPP staff and instructors make us feel the warmth of family. The engaging activities and the exchange of ideas and cultures let us work together as one unit. Today, we are no longer strangers in this country because VIPP is our new home.

Dr. Hong Cai

Professor, College of Business Administration, Capital University of Economics & Business, China

VIPP Residency: September 2012 to September 2013, GPEP

Dr. Hong Cai


Recently, my colleague, Professor Li Pingsheng, and I published a book entitled Beijing New Form of Tourism: Theory and Practice of Innovation and Development in China. I was a visiting scholar with VIPP at Michigan State University during the editing process of the manuscript; I have done a lot of post-publication work since my arrival in September 2012. 

Xiaoxia Hu

Deputy Director, College of English Teaching, China Pharmaceutical University, China

VIPP Residency: March 2012 to February 2013, GPEP

Xiaoxia Hu

The following is from Xiaoxia Hu's address at the February 2013 graduation ceremony:

I can still remember the day we arrived at Lansing airport; we received warm welcomes from VIPP "receptionists." Gefan Li is one of them. Her skillful driving skills and her familiarity with the community made us feel at home. Thanks to VIPP's considerate arrangement, we went through all the registration procedures and grocery purchases in just two days, which helped us quickly adapt to the new environment. Efficiency, perfect efficiency was the first impression of America left in our minds.

Read Xiaoxia Hu's full speech.

Sang Won Lee

General Manager, Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC), Korea

VIPP Residency: January 2012 to December 2012, SGPEP - Urban Planning



The most important thing I learned during my stay with VIPP was American culture. VIPP provides classes about American culture and language, and they helped me very much in my understanding.

There is a second most important benefit from VIPP and MSU: my son enjoys American life very much and that is one of the benefits this program gave me, because he was able to learn English.

Read an interview with Sang Won Lee.