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361. Campus Report

Choi, Ji-young, Jang, Su-jeong 기자2016.03.02 00:00:00

01. Make Outstanding Person through BK21+

   Kyungpook National University (KNU) was chosen for BK21+ (Brain Korea 21+), in 2013. It aimed to cultivate creative students who can realize a Creative Economy and to support new knowledge or skills for them. It supports 500 project groups who work hard to reach their goals with about 2697 hundred billion support funds from 2013 to 2020. 16 KNU Project groups were selected being the most in a local university. Furthermore, at interim evaluation on December 2014, 24 project groups were selected. Among them, 20 project groups were reselected and four groups were newly selected, such as the future electronic energy fusion business. The final selection took place in February 2016. If the university is chosen as the final BK21+, it is expected to raise the status of the KNU and foster more talented people.

 

02. KNU Strengthens Software Education for All Students

   Since October 6th, 2015, Kyungpook National University (KNU) has been selected as a university center of software (SW) education and development by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, which supports KNU with 10.6 billion won over 6 years. KNU established the SW Education Center for leading and managing education on December 23rd, 2015. The Center is on the 4th floor in the University Information and Computer Center which is located between the Language Institute and the General Information Center. It will run programs about SW education for professional manpower training, and these will be compulsory for all students. Furthermore, KNU has claimed that specialized curriculums and differentiated educational models should be established in accordance with the change in the SW industry trends. Thus, five interdisciplinary majors related to SW have been : IT Fusion, Construction IT, Media Art, Big Data, and FinTech.

 

03. Students Inspect Their University Themselves

   The original 'Ombudsman' system is an administration inspecting system to prevent dogmatic decisions of government. The 'Student Ombudsman System' aims to prevent a low grade in terms of education consumer satisfaction on the university structural reform assessment. It was conducted from 19th November to 20th December in 2015. The ombudsmen were 200 students from departments and the student council. They documented present conditions, problems, and reform measures after using various programs and facilities. They also had to write reports containing opinions from participating students. The Evaluation Committee for this system discussed countermeasures for improvements with institutions by analyzing reports. The Student Ombudsman system offers a great chance for students who want to solve problems themselves. Although there were concerns that students might only be interested in getting a scholarship, people are anticipating a good result for this system. Furthermore, they will assess the success of the system by its results.

 

04. The New Credit Hour Policy in KNU

   Since this semester, the credit hour policy in Kyungpook National University (KNU) has changed. Undergraduate students can exceed their credit hour limit per semester if they did not meet it last semester. KNU says it can help students who have to delay their graduation because of being short of a few credits, and thus avoid extra tuition costs. In addition, the maximum number of credit hours has changed to 18 (130 cumulative undergraduate credits), 20 (140), or 21 (150) per semester since fall semester, 2016. If a student has a few credit hours left in order to graduate, or has a grade point average of A- (3.7 on a 4.3 scale) or higher, he or she can take 3 extra credits more than their credit limit. However, they are not allowed to take more than 24 credits per semester.

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