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Korean Council for University Education-Chairman’s Welcome

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Chairman’s Welcome

Improving University Autonomy and Restoring Financial Soundness

Today, universities collectively face the challenge of restoring their autonomy by pursuing innovation in the field and raising the quality of their programs on the global stage. The KCUE is in a position to actively lead the development of higher education in Korea. While encouraging social consensus, it is also necessary for us to lay the groundwork necessary for the qualitative improvement of higher education.

First, in terms of educational reform, the KCUE will work to become a trusted partner of the Ministry of Education. We will solidify a system of cooperation that will contribute to innovation in higher education by fostering mutually encouraging and positive partnerships.

Second, of the various issues surrounding higher education, autonomy and finances are two pressing issues that call for urgent solutions. While the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution demands rapid change and innovation, related laws, systems, and assessment methods are changing relatively slowly, thereby giving rise to inconsistency. Improving autonomy is the solution. KCUE will strive to improve the autonomy of universities under pressure from rigid regulations and heavy-handed assessment.

On the other hand, the financial crisis facing universities triggered by a long-term freeze on tuition increases makes investment in education infrastructure difficult. This will subsequently lead to a drop in the ability of universities to conduct research and a weakening in international competitiveness. An overhaul of university finances is the answer. Therefore, I believe that restoring the financial health of universities is a key responsibility of the head of the KCUE. As our first mission, KCUE will focus on giving universities the autonomy to raise tuition fees to the extent permitted by law.

Third, I will also endeavor to provide the KCUE Secretariat with as much autonomy as possible. Through an autonomous management structure, under the direction of the Secretary-General, we will ensure that work is carried out successfully within the context of a flexible management. We will nurture a working environment in which the Secretariat can prioritize the development of higher education with a focus on educational reform.

Last but not least, I would like to continue to encourage open communication as the newly appointed chairman of the KCUE. Internally, we will promote collaboration among member universities and unions, general student councils, while our external efforts will involve government ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Economy and Finance, the National Assembly, the Office of the President, local governments, and major corporations. We will uphold the ideal of multilateral open communication. In closing, I ask for your continued support and guidance.
Thank you.

The 25th Chairman of the Korean Council for University Education
Kim In Chul