IIE Networker - Fall 2012 - (Page 15)
An Interview with Ju-ho Lee, Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea
JUHO LEE ASSUMED his position as Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in August 2010. Dr. Lee was a member of the National Assembly in the Republic of Korea from 2004-08. He then served as Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science and Culture; and as Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology before ascending to his current position. Dr. Lee earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international economics at Seoul National University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. He was a professor of economics at the Korea Development Institute (KDI) in the School of Public Policy and Management.
IIENetworker: How is the Ministry working to internationalize higher education in Korea? The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) is actively pushing forward the Korean universities’ globalization initiative in order to attract foreign talent and nurture future leaders for today’s global society. The government has set a goal of attracting 200,000 international students to Korea by 2020. In 2012, there were 90,000 international students in Korea, a significant increase from the fewer than 17,000 international students in 2004. We are working toward this goal through such measures as annual Study in Korea Fairs. Moreover, MEST runs a government scholarship program entitled Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) that provides scholarships to outstanding international talent to study in Korea. As a follow up to the Korea-U.S. Summit in 2011, Korea will invite more U.S. students than before to study in the country. As for professors, through the World Class University (WCU) program, many renowned scholars from abroad are invited to teach and research in the colleges and universities in Korea. Through this government initiative, 340 distinguished scholars abroad—including nine Nobel laureates—are now working with 30 domestic universities. In addition, MEST is working to globalize college education in Korea by encouraging overseas expansion and the exchange of students and education programs. To this end, various policies are being implemented. The CAMPUS Asia program enables students from Korea, China, and Japan to obtain multiple or dual degrees after attending universities in all three countries.
Ju-ho Lee, the Minister of Education, Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea, earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University.
The ASEAN Cyber University project is aimed at providing Korea’s e-learning contents to the ASEAN region by establishing e-learning centers in CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam) countries. And the WEST (Work, English, Study and Travel) program allows Korean students to go to the United States for English training and internships. IIENetworker: Can you tell us about the research partnership that resulted between the U.S. and Korea after your meeting with the U.S. Department of Education? The joint research represents the first joint effort between Korea and the United States in basic academic skills improvement. Following my visit to the U.S. Department of Education last year, the Korean Department of Energy has designated research institutes for this joint Korea-U.S. research. These institutes include the U.S. Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and the Center on Innovation and
Improvement (CII). The cooperation has already been very active. This year, on the occasion of the 5th APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Education Ministerial Meeting, we held a Korea-U.S. Bilateral Seminar on Study Examining Turning Around Low-Performing Schools, which was a part of the joint research. A number of American education officials attended the seminar, where comparisons and analyses of American and Korean policies were made. What was interesting was that “people” factors, such as the leadership of principals and improvement of teachers, were commonly pointed out to be important drivers for turning around schools. In that regard, Korea’s teacher development and training policies drew much attention. We will continue our efforts to produce tangible outcomes through vibrant academic and human exchanges. IIENetworker: What is the Smart Education Initiative that the government has recently adopted? We are now entering the era of “Smart Education,” where smaller classes and advancements in information and communication technology (ICT) allow the delivery of a more customized education. Smart Education aims to foster 21st-century skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship among our students. It offers opportunities for students to engage in self-directed learning according to their academic levels and allows teachers to use innovative teaching methods that help facilitate interactive communication with students.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2012
A Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIENetworker Minister of Higher Education Interview Series: Ju-ho Lee, Republic of Korea
Commemorating Ten Years of IIE's Scholar Rescue Fund
Developing International Strategies in an Increasingly Dynamic Global Environment
Evidence-Based Approach to Strategic International Enrollment Management: A Case Study of American University
The Formal and Informal Aspects of Successful IEM
The Business of Being International Student Friendly
Take a Deep Breath: Making International Enrollment Management Manageable
How to Become a Host Institution for the Brazil Science Without Borders Program
Every Student an International Student: IEM as Part of a Holistic Approach to Campus Internationalization
Seven Resources for Bringing International Students to U.S. Campuses
IIE Networker - Fall 2012