Alumnus Tim Alper meets potential students in Seoul, Korea
Tim Alper, a University of Kent alumnus spoke to potential international students about his special experiences at Kent at a ‘Meet the Alumni’ event hosted by the British Council in Seoul, Korea.
Tim, who is famous in Korea as the author of books including There’s an English Bloke Living Next Door, spoke on 16 August together with the head of British Council Korea’s Education Promotion Team. The event, which was attended by prospective students who are interested in studying in the UK, provided the opportunity to find out more about studying in the UK and life at a British university.
Tim spoke about the wonderful setting of the University close to London and the beautiful Kent countryside, and talked fondly of his student life. In particular, he explained, he had enjoyed using the Templeman Library, which has recently been expanded. He also benefitted from the flexibility of Kent’s degree programmes. He came to study French and Film, but tried a module from Philosophy in his first year and was hooked, and switched programmes to study Philosophy and Film. As Tim told the audience, ‘All in all, the University of Kent is a lot of fun. Students here enjoy a great balance of study and play, and get to spend time in one of the most attractive parts of the UK!’
Tim, who was born in the UK in 1977 to an Anglo-French Jewish family, graduated from Kent with joint honours in Philosophy and Film in 1999. After graduating, he worked in Korea as an English teacher, then as journalist and food writer. In addition to There’s an English Bloke Living Next Door, which compares British and Korean culture, Tim has published Bananas and Couscous, which explores European food and introduces it to Korean food lovers. He has also written for the Guardian, the BBC and the Jewish Chronicle. He is the co-author of the World Food Travel Association’s handbook, Have Fork, Will Travel, and writes a regular column for Chosun Ilbo, Korea's biggest-selling newspaper.