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Engineering programs at universities receive aid

May 07,2016
As part of the government’s aim to enhance engineering education and the practical use of knowledge at local universities, the Ministry of Education announced 21 schools on Tuesday that have been selected to receive billions of won to increase their quotas for related departments.

For three years, starting in 2017, the chosen universities will cut around 2,600 quotas in the humanities and social sciences, shifting their focus to engineering by selecting 4,800 more students in that field.

The project is known as PRIME, short for “the PRogram for Industrial needs-Matched Education.”

Nine universities that have pledged to make the most drastic changes in their current demographics, by removing enough openings in other fields and adding enough to engineering that the total equals at least 10 percent of the entire student body, will be eligible for a 15 billion won ($13 million) annual subsidy for three consecutive years.

The winners are Hanyang University’s satellite campus in Ansan, Gyeonggi; Inje University in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang; Wonkwang University in Iksan, South Jeolla; Yeungnam University in Gyeongsan, North Gyeongsang; Soon Chun Hyang University in Asan, South Chungcheong; Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul; Dong-Eui University in Busan; Kyungwoon University in Gumi, North Gyeongsang; and Konkuk University in Seoul.

Twelve other schools that promised to remove and then add openings equal to 5 to 10 percent of their student body will receive 5 billion won annually for three years: Sungshin Women’s University and Ewha Womans University in Seoul; Kyungpook National University and Daegu Haany University in Daegu; Handong Global University in Pohang, North Gyeongsang; Tongmyong University and Silla University in Busan; Konyang University in Nonsan, South Chungcheong; Sangmyung University’s satellite campus in Cheonan, South Chungcheong; Kunsan National University in Gunsan, North Jeolla; Dongshin University in Naju, North Jeolla; and Honam University in Gwangju.

The Ministry of Education, along with the Korean Council for University Education, said it would hear from each chosen school precisely which departments they are willing to reshape and then announce the results later this month.

BY NAM YOON-SEO [lee.sungeun@joongang.co.kr]