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New Plan for University Reform

May 24,1999
The entrance quota at top-ranked universities' most popular disciplines such as medicine and telecommunications will be reduced gradually from next year to 70 percent of existing levels by the year 2002.
The Ministry of Education announced on May 24 the 'Brain Korea 21' plan that calls for the raising of universities' graduate schools as well as regional universities to world-class levels, while annually injecting 1.4 trillion won for the next seven years.
The ministry plans to select a committee of scholars and businessmen to scrutinize universities which apply for the special designation by the July 6 deadline. The plan will be launched in September.
Twenty-four graduate schools in one of 12 promising fields of study including medicine and telecommunications will be chosen as specially-designated graduate schools, and eligible for 100 billion won in support a year. The students at the school will be paid 400,000 to 600,000 won monthly as living expenses.
The selected universities will have to reduce their entrance quota by 30 percent and admit at least 50 percent of their graduate students from different undergraduate schools by 2002.
One or two regional universities will be selected in each province as elite institutions, whereby they must integrate their curriculum and present a restructuring plan.
In addition, the education ministry requested that the Military Manpower Administration expand the number of young men working in defense-related companies, instead of fulfilling their mandatory military service, to 1,000 from 270.


Jooan Kang : jooan@joongang.co.kr




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