[The JoongAng Ilbo] "'University’s Method of Passive Knowledge Transfer has Ended... Now is the Time to Integrate with Society"'
Hanyang University president Kim Woo-seung
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The JoongAng Ilbo published an interview with Hanyang University president Kim Woo-seung on July 2. President Kim said, “The old method of universities’ passing one way knowledge to students has come to an end, and students must be provided with more opportunities to thoroughly learn through experiences.” He went on to emphasize that, “All universities must realize that neither education nor research matters unless they are connected to society.”
President Kim, who was inaugurated in February, helped Hanyang successfully achieve industry-academia cooperation as the dean of industry-academia cooperation at ERICA campus (Gyeonggi-do, Ansan-si) and introducing it as a major in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Industry-Coupled Problem-Based Learning (IC-PBL) is an innovative teaching method that he developed which reflects societal demands. During the class, students solve problems that a company or the local community has commissioned and receives feedback from the company. Regarding this method, President Kim said that “Opportunities for experiential learning are vital. We currently offer around 120 IC-PBL lectures but intend to expand the offerings.”
In addition to this, President Kim plans to institute a class using the co-teaching method, which is a class run by 2 professors from different majors. President Kim said, “Co-teaching will foster students' ability to solve integrated and complex problems that actually exist in society.”
President Kim anticipates that the activation of these research centers will alleviate some of the financial dificulties faced by local universities, including the freeze which has been on tuition fees for the past 11 years. He said, “Support from companies is needed as a rise in tuition fees is impossible without social consensus today.” He went on to say, “Just as soccer teams pay a transfer fee when signing Son Heung-min, I want companies who hire talented individuals fostered by the university to be more concerned with university education and to contribute to the process more.”
Translation by: Kim Hyun-soo
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