“In that sense, subject areas like science and engineering may see some drop in international enrolments compared to humanities and liberal arts,” says South Korean Ambassador His Excellency Shin Bong-kil. The ongoing pandemic has additionally led to improvements and elevated the position of know-how in making worldwide training extra accessible to world college students, he provides. “It is said that innovation and creativity often thrive in a crisis. COVID-19 has prompted educational institutions to innovate in their own little way to adapt to the new situation. This has given rise to the online teaching model. This enables students to pursue international educational courses from their home country without having to travel abroad thus enabling students with modest means who cannot afford the cost of in-campus study abroad to join international education,” Shin Bong-kil instructed Education Times.
India-South Korea ties
Despite the pandemic, Korea and India have managed to minimise its antagonistic results on bilateral cooperation in the upper training sector. This yr, the Korean authorities granted scholarship to some 50 Indian college students to hitch grasp’s and PhD programmes, excluding undergraduate programme, up from 17 final yr.“The embassy took special care in issuing timely visa to all the successful candidates. Thanks to these efforts, some 40 Indian students have entered Korea this August to start their studies. Very few students gave up their scholarship because of COVID-19 and only three students requested to defer their departure as their final exams for bachelor’s degree have been delayed,” provides the Ambassador.
Impact of journey restrictions
South Korea doesn’t see journey restrictions as a serious hurdle. “It is a temporary measure to fight COVID and will gradually be eased. Even though the scheduled flights between the two countries stands suspended as of now, we have been operating special flights since April. A total of 23 special flights have facilitated the travel of Indian students,” he provides. Currently, each the international locations are negotiating an air bubble settlement, as soon as this settlement is finalised, each India and Korea will have the ability to function backward and forward flights with some restrictions.
The new National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has paved the way in which for the highest 100 overseas universities to arrange operations in India. He believes that Korean universities reminiscent of SNU, KAIST, Korea University, POSTECH, Yonsei University and Sungkyunwan University will arrange their campuses in India and likewise, prestigious Indian universities can open their campuses in Korea, boosting academic cooperation between the 2 international locations. With the addition of Korean language as one of the overseas languages on the secondary stage, the federal government is able to assist Korean language training in India. Towards this, a Korean Education Center will be arrange someday subsequent yr in Delhi. Additionally, dialogue with the Ministry of Education is additionally underway to launch a joint training programme in order to coach Indian individuals to show the Korean language in colleges.
Realising that there will be a spurt in demand for Korean language lecturers in India, the Korean Cultural Center has already began a web-based language trainer coaching course. Students studying the Korean language can hope to have a vibrant future. There are greater than 700 Korean firms doing enterprise in India, says the ambassador.
“Indian students learning the language stand a better chance to get gainful employment in Korean companies. Further, there are also opportunities for Indians proficient in the language to join Korean multinationals in other countries in managerial positions,” he provides.
In these making an attempt occasions, the primary and the foremost responsibility of universities is to make sure the well being and security of college students. To this finish, nearly all Korean universities have embraced on-line studying as the brand new mantra and are placing in place plans and programs in order that college students don’t lose one full tutorial yr.To present secure and safe research atmosphere to all worldwide college students, Korean authorities and universities are providing free COIVD check, remedy, self-quarantine necessities, routine disinfection and so on.