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Higher Education Reform In South Korea: Success Tempered By Challenges

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This chapter describes the rapid and fundamental transformation of South Korea's system of tertiary education since 1945. It then identifies five challenges for higher education in South Korea: an appropriate response to demographic change, the introduction of a new governance model, the implementation of a coherent quality assurance system, the development of competitive graduate education at home and finally the process of internationalisation in higher education. These five challenges will force Korea to continue with reforms. The chapter describes important changes both instituted and planned in South Korea's higher education. It focuses on a description and analysis of the policy of the South Korean government, the main player in higher education, and tries to put the government's response into perspective by briefly comparing it with respective changes in other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

Keywords: graduate education; higher education; internationalisation; OECD countries; South Korea; tertiary education



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