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Faculty members from various universities yesterday attend a seminar at the the two-day Higher Education Planning in Asia Forum 2013. The forum held at the Kyung Hee University Law School enabled active discussions on various topics including the fast-changing environment of education. Provided by the university

As part of efforts to lead higher education research in Asia, Kyung Hee University, located in eastern Seoul, is jointly hosting the two-day Higher Education Planning in Asia Forum 2013 with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology starting yesterday.

Some 60 professors and administrators from 25 colleges at home and abroad have gathered at the law school building of Kyung Hee University to aggregate innovative strategies and ideas to improve the quality of education and college administration. The participants of the forum include faculty from major universities in Korea, the United States, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei.

Following the opening reception, the forum began with a keynote speech delivered by Ha Tae-yun, president and ambasador of National Institute for International Education under the Ministry of Education, which is in charge of international students and promoting Korea education abroad.

Yesterday, professors gave unique presentations about their experiences outside of their respective academic fields.

Andrew Ng, a director at Stanford Artifical Intenlligence Lab and computer science professor, shared his experience of co-founding Coursera, a social entrepreneurship company providing free college lectures online in association with top universities across the world. He demonstrated that online platform can serve as a solid foundation for education as effective and sustainable as that provided by its traditional on-campus counterpart. Video lecture and live chat among study groups enabled improved interactive learning experience, Ng said. The educator-turned-entrepreneur was also proud of the online education’s efficiency to give everyone - not just the tuition-paying students - a wider access to knowledge. The service is currently in partnership with 62 schools providing 300 courses on different subject matters. Almost 2.8 million people have subscribed to the knowledge-sharing project.

Other sessions discussed the quickly changing environment of education worldwide and explored the status quo and future role of Asia-based colleges. Planning directors exchanged each other’s goals and strategies to improve administrative services and reflected on their roles in creating an advanced academic culture. In addition, a video conference connecting Seoul, New York and Singapore is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. this morning to discuss the fast-changing environment in education.

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