Jun Hyun Hong

Dr. Jun Hyun Hong is Vice President for International Affairs and Professor of School of Public Service of Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. Previously he was Dean of Institute of International Education, and Associate Dean of Graduate School. Besides university positions, he has served as policy advisors to various Presidential Committees, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Education, Seoul Metropolitan City, etc. He was awarded Presidents Service Merit Medal, Prime Ministers Citation, and Minister of Interiors Citation. He has also served as President of Korean Association of Foreign Student Administrators, President of Korean Association of Policy Analysis and Evaluation, Editor-in-Chief of Korean Journal of Local Government Studies, an editorial board member of Korean Journal of Higher Education, and a member of International Academic Advisory Committee of QS APPLE Conference. His current research focuses on intergovernmental relations and internationalization of Korean higher education.

Globalization in Korean Higher Education: Challenges and Responses

 

The population of international education worldwide has grown rapidly from slightly over one million in 1980 to almost five million in 2015. However, globalization of higher education in Korea started rather late compared to traditional developed countries. Traditionally Korea was not the beneficiary of the booming situation of international education. Rather they are contributors. In addition, rapidly aging population has given serious problems to the universities in Korea due to rapidly decreasing number of high school students entering higher education institutions. Recently Korean Government started to cope with these problems and established policies to promote globalization of higher education. Korean government set up Study Korea Project to attract more foreign students to Korean universities. Despite the short period of internationalization efforts, Korean universities demonstrated relatively outstanding performance in terms of exchange student rates, foreign student rates, foreign faculty rates, etc. However, as we are getting somewhat satisfied the quantity, now we begin to raise a question whether this performance really reflects globalization of campus. Rapidly increasing international population in Korean higher education is causing new aspects of problems. In this plenary session, I would like to begin with the various trends of internationalization in Korean higher education and the various efforts from the government as well as university sectors. And then challenges many Korean universities are facing, caused by internationalization, will be provided. Finally newly launched programs by Chung-Ang University to cope with problems derived from globalization and to keep sustainable international education will be introduced and discussed.

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