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Cultivating innovative thinkers through design-led learning

Ever since Korea made the jump from developing country to advanced nation, there has been a nationwide effort to cultivate a new generation of innovative thinkers. From smart education and no-test “f...

Updated : 2014.04.10 20:46

Doubts grow over Seoul’s IT-based Future School

As Seoul prepares to implement “smart education,” an information technology-based education system, education circles voiced concerns that the plan was rushed and lacks substance. Seoul Metropolitan...

Updated : 2014.04.10 20:46

[Eye on English] Find your goals before studying language

I came to Korea as an adult, speaking mostly in English. Naturally, I am more comfortable speaking English than Korean. Although I still have some challenging moments when reading and writing in Korea...

Updated : 2014.04.09 20:54

[Eye on English] Grammar study crucial to good command of English

Teenagers at Korean schools are the best in the world when it comes to solving problems. They also rank high on both math and reading proficiency tests, according to recent study of 44 nations by the ...

Updated : 2014.04.09 20:54

[Eye on English] How technology changes language education

A group of fifth graders fiddle with their smartphones in the classroom. Instead of telling them to put them away, the teacher approaches with her own smartphone and shares some Internet resources.In ...

Updated : 2014.04.02 20:43

Korean students rank No.1 in problem solving in OECD

Korean students finished with the top score in computer-based problem solving among all OECD countries, the Education Ministry said Tuesday.According to the ministry, Korean students garnered an average of 561 points on the problem solving section of the 2012 Program for International Stud...

Updated : 2014.04.01 20:55

Korea to increase support for humanities

The Education Ministry vowed Tuesday to double its funding to 6 billion won ($5.65 million) this year to promote humanities among the public through lectures, forums and other various events. The outlay, up from 2.9 billion won last year, reflects the government’s efforts to help revive t...

Updated : 2014.04.01 20:54

Students study English more than majors

South Korean college students spend more time studying English than they do studying for their majors, a state-run research body said Sunday.Students spent an average of 8.89 hours studying on a weekly basis, and the amount devoted to English was 3.94 hours, according to the survey by the ...

Updated : 2014.03.30 21:03

Publishers halt textbook supply in price row

Publishers on Thursday said they would cease distribution and supply of this year’s textbooks, protesting a government order to reduce the price.Korea Authorized and Approved Textbook, a body that distributes and supplies textbooks to schools, claimed the price cut would severely affect t...

Updated : 2014.03.28 10:16

[Student Column] Education is answer to ‘creative divide’

 A house built on sand is unstable, as is the Park administration’s “creative economy.” The term itself is very attractive, providing possible solutions to youth unemployment, the aging population...

Updated : 2014.03.27 20:42

University restructuring scheme runs into resistance

The government’s plan to slice down the number of college students to enhance educational quality has run into a hurdle, as students and professors opposed what they called the “reckless” merger an...

Updated : 2014.03.27 20:42

[Eye on English] TOEIC adds to stress for young job seekers

Han Yoon-chan is a recent university graduate and job seeker who majored in political science. One of his graduation requirements, which, in his own words, “has nothing to do with his major,” was to...

Updated : 2014.03.26 20:53

Ministry asks colleges to give young entrepreneurs a leg up

The government said Tuesday it had asked South Korean universities to provide programs for students looking to start businesses. In a bid to boost start-ups by young entrepreneurs, the Education Ministry’s guidelines will allow students to prepare for their start-ups while still in school...

Updated : 2014.03.25 21:10

[Eye on English] Students practice English through debate club

I first joined the International Goodwill Society last year. Founded in 1960 by passionate university students who believed English was the key to global success and “the gateway to friendship,” the...

Updated : 2014.03.19 15:26

[Eye on English] More Korean universities offer English-only lectures

It would be an understatement to say Korean students are heavily committed to studying English.They spend much more time studying the language than their peers in other OECD nations, and students lear...

Updated : 2014.03.19 15:09