▲ Professor presenting their ideas in the KU College Education Forum 2020. Photographed by Kuh Hara.
On October 12, the Korea University (KU) College Education Forum 2020 held its kickoff discussion, at the CJ Creator Library (CCL), on the topic of “Professors’ Contemplation of Higher Education.” In the form of a talk show, five professors from different departments shared their opinions on two main topics—the status quo of the KU education system and the professors’ concerns as the providers of higher education.
KU University Forum 2020 was established last summer by a number of professors who had a common interest in improving the university education. The purpose of the organization is to hold regular conferences on the future of KU education system with the members of the community.
During the discussion, the professors first mentioned that the KU education system needs a fundamental change. Professor Song Hyok Gee (Classical Chinese) said, “In a rapidly changing society, the university is supposed to respond to students’ demands and make adjustments. To offer a better educational environment for students, the university should make more investment.” The professors also remarked that they do not have enough time to interaction with the students, and this hampers the fulfillment of students’ academic potential. Professor Lee Gwang Yeol (Chemistry) stated, “The quality of education would greatly rise, if professors and students become more intimate with each other.”
The first conference of KU University Education Forum 2020 successfully concluded with an agreement on the need for greater attention on improving the university education.