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Korean Council for University Education-Chairman’s Welcome

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Chairman’s Welcome


The autonomy and distinctiveness of higher education should be
recognized


In the face of the dire reality for universities today, I am now revisiting my role and mission as the Chairman of the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE). With a strong sense of responsibility, I would like to make concerted efforts to improve the quality of higher education to nurture the human talent needed for an innovative future By respecting the inherent function of universities while equipping them with the willingness to undertake challenges and a sense of creativity so that they can proactively tackle the ever-changing future, we will do our utmost to make sure that the autonomy and distinctiveness of higher education is recognized. We at the KCUE will pool our wisdom and spare no effort to turn the crisis facing Korean universities into a golden opportunity for another leap forward.




First and foremost, we will commit ourselves to finding reliable ways of expanding funding for higher education. Over the last several years, tuition fees have remained frozen despite continued inflation, hindering the qualitative growth of education. This serves as a wake-up call to remind us that the further development of universities is impossible without expanding funding sources for education. In order to address this issue, we should come up with out-of-the-box yet concrete solutions like an institutional framework designed to offer financial support for higher education. Once social consensus is built and shared through policy debates within government and at the National Assembly, it will become possible in the not-too-distant future to enact a law needed to provide much-needed financial support for higher education.

Second, we will develop a consolidated scheme for university assessment so universities can concentrate their capabilities on education and research innovation. We have one suggestion to make in this regard: With an extensive network of more than 200 member universities, the KCUE can run the 'University Accreditation' system based on the credibility. The University Accreditation system includes a vast majority of the assessment items used in the National Assessment for Higher Education Institutions from the Ministry of Education; being implemented pursuant to the Higher Education Act. If we successfully establish a centralized scheme for university assessment and lead universities towards autonomous reform, the government will also remain faithful to its inherent roles, such as securing funding sources and providing support for higher education.

Third, we will reform regulations obstructing educational innovation, thereby enhancing the competitiveness of Korean universities significantly. In order for universities to respond actively to recent dramatic changes, all outdated regulations and other hurdles must be eliminated or lowered. We will dedicate ourselves to significantly relaxing regulations in line with international common sense of law, helping universities pursue new challenges and implement changes.

Last but not least, we will suggest mid- and long-term policy directions for Korean universities, providing a blueprint for the new future of higher education. In association with the Ministry of Education, we will launch the 'Task Force on Promoting Innovation in Higher Education' to set future directions for universities and come up with specific plans for ensuring innovation in higher education. In particular, we will focus on making sure national and public universities better serve the public interest and fulfill their social responsibilities as protectors and nurturers of fundamental studies and hubs of the innovation network for balanced regional development; we will also lay the foundation for private universities to enhance their competitiveness under differentiated strategies based on their individual philosophy and mission.

We at the KCUE always welcome the valuable opinions and inputs of university presidents. Through autonomous reform and innovation, we will drive the further development of higher education in Korea and make sure Korean universities fulfill their social obligations and responsibilities.

Thank you!


April 8, 2019

Kim Heon Young
Chairman, Korean Council for University Education