Seminar: Population Decline and the Downsizing of Higher Education Institution

February 22, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, 1601 East-West Road, John A. Burns Hall, Room 3015/3019 (3rd Floor, Makai Wing) Add to Calendar

One of the major issues among colleges and universities in Korea is the government’s ‘Higher Education Restructuring Project’ designed to cope with a decreasing school-age population. National total fertility rates are now lower than at any other past period (estimated at below 1.0 as of 2018), which means that many colleges and universities that were established during periods of population growth will find themselves contributing to an oversupply of higher education services. Thus in 2015, Korean government implemented a project to reduce the number of colleges and universities because of the decreasing population and to set up a higher education restructuring project. This presentation will address the following questions: How does the population decrease affect the government’s higher-education policy?; What are the concept, model, and implementation procedure for the higher education restructuring?, and How can a strategic approach be applied to the existing process and what can we expect?

Sung Jae Park is Director and Research Fellow at the Korean Educational Development Institute. Dr. Park has published several books, articles and essays including Korean Taxation, International Taxation in Korea, School Consulting: Theory and Practice, and Business Taxation. Previously, he served as Assistant Secretary to the President for Political Affairs and for Education on separate appointments. He also taught at the Korea University School of Law and the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. He was on the Board of Directors of several academic associations, including the Korean Association for Futures Studies. His research focuses on Asian Studies in the areas of law, economics, politics, and STEM education.

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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