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Engineering Education In Korea And The [] Structured Educational System

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.248.1 - 3.248.8

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Woo Sik Kim

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Song Yop Hahn

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Byeong Gi Lee

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Ki-Jun Lee

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Session 3605

Engineering Education in Korea and the -Structured Educational System

Byeong Gi Lee, Song Yop Hahn, Woo Sik Kim, Ki-Jun Lee Korean Society for Engineering Education and Technology Transfer


This paper consists of two parts which discuss two different aspects of engineering education in Korea. The first part introduces the recent status of engineering education in Korea, discussing how it has developed during the past decade. The second part introduces the newly proposed educational structure called the -Structure which is intended to replace the existing simple-layered structure to achieve an efficient engineering education and career interface.

. Introduction

Engineering education in Korea has comparatively short history of about 50 years. It was begun at the time the Republic of Korea was established in 1948. Though late in start, it has been developed in fast growth rate, thus reaching the number of students of 620,000 for the undergraduate level and 27,000 for the graduate level as of 1996. This steep growth of engineering education has contributed significantly for the economic development of Korea during the past three decades.

As the new millennium of information age is approaching, we now face strong challenges in engineering education in Korea, as is the case in all other countries. Especially, Korea, having limited natural resources, has to rely more on the human resources in the future, and therefore efficient engineering education is much more important. In response to the challenges of the information age, engineering education is forced to be more fundamental and theoretical on one side, and to be more methodological and practical on the other. Therefore it is very demanding to critically review the engineering educational system of today and restructure it such that the engineering science aspect be well balanced with the engineering technology aspect. In the restructured system, the general attainment of engineers has to be taken into account, as well as the smooth and short-term transition toward the industry career.

In this paper we are going to introduce how the engineering education has evolved in Korea during the past decade first, and then introduce a new engineering educational structure called


Kim, W. S., & Hahn, S. Y., & Lee, B. G., & Lee, K. (1998, June), Engineering Education In Korea And The [] Structured Educational System Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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