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A Value of Education

May 20, 2014
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A report in the Chosun Daily highlighted Korea’s poor showing in the QS international rankings for Asian universities. All in all, only 28 of Korea’s universities were included in the QS rankings, and 25 of these universities dropped in position. While there was indeed good news for institutions such as KAIST and Seoul National University, the remaining schools face a start reality.

You can read the news report here>>>

A similar article from 2013>>>

The QS Asian University Rankings 2014>>>

Of course, ranking systems for schools have their critics (read a report here, although a little old, from the Guardian online>>>) universities and indeed students still use them as a means of guiding their undergraduate application decisions. In Korea the Joongang Daily produces the go-to guide of choice (a link to blog post detailing the rankings for 2013 – no English version appears to be online>>>), but often the outcome is distinctly different from what many in Korea perceive as the top universities, namely SKY.

Below are ten tasks you can answer for your assignment. Try to draw on personal experiences and if possible refer to some of the information provided in the links, or indeed provide you own links on the situation.

  1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?
  2. How does using ranking tables, such as the QS rankings or the Joongang Daily’s, effect our decisions on which university we should attend, and how much we should be really paying?
  3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.
  4. According the Joongang Daily’s rankings, the best university in Korea is not a SKY school, or even KAIST. How is this possible?
  5. How is the changing face of the university ranking system effecting the jobs you will eventually be applying for?
  6. Provide an alternative method of assessing universities’ quality.
  7. Kyung Hee university is ranked number 37 in Asia, yet doesn’t even feature on the Joongang Daily’s ranking. Can you explain this discrepancy?
  8. How do you feel when you read university rankings, and you see how your university has performed?
  9. In ten years time, how will your university’s current and former ranking matter to you?
  10. Imagine that the only way that students could decide on their university was by university ranking; there is no talk, reputations, even advice from parents or teachers on how or where to go about finding the best education. How would the current education industry in Korea function?
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  1. Jeremy permalink
    May 21, 2014 11:51 am

    3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.

    I partially agree to the statement.
    Education can be best delivered when one is full of desire in studying a certain area. Based on such assumption, the quality of materials and professors can be a critical element that can effect on one’s decision in choosing a school. Therefore, one can expect a high-quality program while joining the university, acheiving two goals: deepening one’s understanding and broadening his prospective as well. As an endeavor to attract those students who set those goals, many of the universities are advertising the number of professors who have won the Nobel Prize. They assume the quality of the courses become proportion to the reputation of the professors. As a result, applicants can refer to such information when choosing a school that fits their standards.
    However, aside from the quality of the program, people should also consider the scale of the library and the recent amount of investment the school is devoting. The more materials the school contains in its library, the higher possibility that one can meet his needs in finding references. In addition, when a school is investing a big amount of money in improving its overall abilities, there is a higher chance for the school to provide a better environment for the student while studying.

  2. Creative C permalink
    May 21, 2014 5:06 pm

    1.Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    I personally do not want to decide universities based on rankings but we have to think about many situations. Not just for students who are going to attend university soon but also people in general cannot help thinking which university is better based on rankings or reputations. Before going to university, students should care about how good education can get from the university they choose. Before going to university, students should care about how good education can get from the university they choose. Usually, high-ranked universities give many chances for student to get high quality education compared to so-called lower universities. The prestigious school has more students who have ardor for study and more well-known faculties. Those are good for both students and professors.
    Moreover, there is more probability that graduation from high-ranked university can get well paid job generally. That is why high school students are struggling with giving up their other interests.
    However, the matter of measuring ranking might have some problems becasue we somehow have our stereotype about some shchool no matter what they have achieved so far. Furthermore, it is not easy for low-ranked schools to enter high-ranked because of their image.
    We do not have many options in terms of choosing university actually, so we have been dependant on school rankings when choosing institutes. What we have to do now is to find way of measuring evaluations in various method.

  3. May 21, 2014 8:25 pm

    2. How does using ranking tables, such as the QS rankings or the Joongang Daily’s, effect our decisions on which university we should attend, and how much we should be really paying?

    – It just gives us adjunctive information for our decisions on university. But the power of the press is stronger than our thought. So it can effects high school students’ decisions on university so much. Because they always discuss the level of university. And there is no certain criteria to reference. So students and their parents not intentionally but naturally believe the ranking tables such as the QS rankings or the Joongang Daily’s. We should pay half of the attention on this ranking tables. Because according to a study published last month in the open access journal BioMedCentral Medicine, the study’s authors argued that such discrepancies stem from poor methodology and inappropriate indicators, making the ranking systems invalid.
    In conclusion, we should realize the fact that the ranking tables were based on seriously subjective and even the data would be wrong. And we must also realize that the rankings would be always fluctuating things so we had better not be twisted by the temporary result of rankings. We should be really paying half of our attention on this ranking tables.

    • May 21, 2014 10:55 pm

      But what about the fees you pay? Would you be happy paying a similar price for a distinctly lower ranked university?

  4. tnpqnp90 permalink
    May 21, 2014 10:52 pm

    According the Joongang Daily’s rankings, the best university in Korea is not a SKY school, or even KAIST. How is this possible?
    At first, we need to consider what the best university is. According to the Joongang ilbo’s university assessment criteria, there are four major parts: faculty research (100points), education and financial conditions (90 points), reputation and alumni networks (60points), and internationalization (50points). And we can see that the largest proportion is given to the faculty research (100points). This is the decisive reason why POSTECH is located in 1st at the Joongang’s university assessment. POSTECH, unlike other universities in Korea, is specialized in natural science and engineering filed. Specifically, engineer and science professors at POSTECH also made a notable effort to write more quoted papers than other universities. Besides, intellectual property registration and technology transfer ratio are much higher compared to other collegiate universities due to their specific science filed, which is developing continually.
    Then, we could recognize POSTECH as the best university in Korea Just because they are ranked to the top position? Absolutely not. I think having blind faith to this general indication can lead to unexpected and irreparable consequence. Rather, student, before entering university, should consider their characteristic interest toward personal specific filed. After recognizing this, they can refer to approximate information like Joongang ilbo, then should more closely look into universities’ curriculum, support, and other conditions.

  5. Channer permalink
    May 21, 2014 11:26 pm

    8. How do you feel when you read university rankings, and you see how your university has performed?

    I get to read university rankings almost every year. I used to read it even before I came to university. To be honest, when I read about the rankings, I am not surprised. I think rankings are evaluated properly. Even though rankings vary depending on the institutions, there are no big differences between them. But I do not think we should solely resort to university rankings when we evaluate which university is better or not. Each university has its own strength. For example, KAIST has strength in Engineering and Korea university in International Studies, etc. Therefore, I believe the evaluation should be released depending on majors. Moreover, when we think of reputation of universities, we should consider a lot of facts except academic outcomes. We should all consider the facilities, satisfaction from students, geographic advantages, history, and so forth.

    Also, my university, Kyunghee has performed very well. Its reputation has gone up gradually and I am very proud of it. Also, I heard Kyunghee has much more international programs for students compared to others. That is a really good advantage in global society. That is why I applied for this university as well. I am very satisfied with my university now!

  6. Little Kitty C permalink
    May 22, 2014 9:00 pm

    3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation.

    I think, choosing a university based on the quality of the course materials is somewhat ideal in this Korean society. (But, I know this is still important.) In Korea, a university takes really big part of someone’s life. Although it is not desirable, people usually judge and label others based on the reputations of their universities. If someone is from the so-called no.1 university, he or she will be naturally labelled no.1 person. Unfortunately, this is really often in Korea.
    Moreover, in these days, and generally, most universities are providing similar education in terms of majors or curriculum. For instance, almost every university in Korea have the department of management and use the same text book which is very popular in the field. Then, if it’s true, we have to consider other aspects.
    All people have different perspectives on universities and have their own criteria for choosing a university. We should respect this and it is unnecessary to think which criteria is better.

  7. May 23, 2014 12:18 am

    1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?
    It was a serious question during my high school life. I always wondered which one is my final goal of the considerable efforts. I think I sometimes hoped to gain reputations from the goal of university. Actually, a lot of teachers suggested me to apply the high ranked universities. They emphasized the importance of ranking. It is why I am in this university. However, now I think the ranking is not much important these days. Although the title and ranking of university can be only one factor to get a job, personal abilities are crucial in this society. If a graduate of a high ranked university is not professional to his/her major, it can be hard to get a proper job with reputations of him/her university. Therefore, the most effective decision to choose university can be which university will improve and develop one’s personal ability. For this, catching the characters of universities is helpful to decide which university a person should attend.

  8. Angela C permalink
    May 23, 2014 2:41 am

    8. How do you feel when you read university rankings and you see how your university has performed?

    It is true that high-ranked Kyung Hee University makes me smile for a while. However, I don’t much care or believe about the rankings. Because I think that it can be controlled by other factors except for their educational abilities. Also, I believe that our school will get a high ranking after few years, because Kyung Hee University is investing something bigger than others. Actually, I have a special experience that most students don’t have. I was major in different department in a different university. The university that I attended was a school that is higher ranked than Kyung Hee University. However, I prefer Kyung Hee University. The university that I attended before was run by conglomerate so we should be learned some subjects that the company want us to learn. I think this is a big problem that some high-ranked schools have, because there are some schools run by conglomerate. They want to make students as a practical human resource. Otherwise, Kyung Hee University stresses Humanities, which is more fundamental thing rather than practical subjects. That is why I believe our school will be treated better, and I don’t really care a lot about this university ranking thing.

  9. Vanilla permalink
    May 23, 2014 12:52 pm

    7.Kyung Hee university is ranked number 37 in Asia, yet doesn’t even feature on the Joongang Daily’s ranking. Can you explain this discrepancy?

    First of all, this ranking system is much advantageous for a college of science. Because there are less students who study science than student from college of liberal arts. So most of science school has a very high professor-student ratio. Also, college of science have better faculties to research because government and company give them a lot of supports to contribute to the advancement of science and technology for profits. These supports make their education and financial conditions better. In contrast, they didn’t give supports to education of liveral arts, they rather downsize and merge liberal arts departments. So, colleges which focus on education of liberal arts like as Kyung Hee university have difficulty to get good points in this ranking system. So Kyung Hee University tried to increase internationalization points by attracting foreign students but it is still not enough. Therefore, Kyung Hee university have to raise rate of professors and provide various lectures. Also, if Kyung Hee university want to receive good ranking points, they have to develop science departments more and rebuild faculties through goverments or company’s supports. I heard that there are huge construction plans are prearranged. So I think this construction plan made our university better than now.

  10. Angrybird(C) permalink
    May 23, 2014 1:13 pm

    1.Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    Choosing university is very important matter to high school students or entire Korean students. So we have to consider this matter carefully. Students should weigh many things before choosing their university like reputation of university, quality of education, major what you want, etc. I think university ranking is not essential factor to choose university, but helpful information to make a choice. Usually, high ranked university is regarded as good university in many people’s thought. But, students don’t have to bear it in mind blindly because it is just other people’s thought. The most important thing is student’s thought. Also, university ranking included integrated factors. It might not suit for a case which confined to one specific major. Student need to check detail which more focused on their major. As i mentioned earlier, university ranking is just one of consideration when students choose university, not essential thing or suitable way to decide university.

  11. Lauren C permalink
    May 23, 2014 2:49 pm

    3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.

    Of course, our society still has put an emphasis on somebody’s educational background. It is no exaggeration says that some enterprises are dropping young applicant through just caring about a ‘name value’ of their universities. In this situation, although we can never change the social prejudices, we can do the change of personal thought. Never mind what other people say.
    Firstly, if you completely have prepared your ability in many fields, don’t be worried abouth getting a career. Recently, when employer selects applicants, most corporations are having placed an emphasis on their potential which is very suitable for the company. Therefore, a reputation of university is not a problem if yourself-development is good.
    In addition, you first have to consider a state of your major in the university. For example, a major of English literature in one university shows the remarkable employment rate although the other majors did not. No matter how famous the university is, I think you should focus on a vision of your major in the university.
    As a result, if you changed your thought, you would be happy to enter your university as just as famous universities, namely SKY.

  12. Kate C permalink
    May 23, 2014 4:21 pm

    3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.
    I know that quality of course and those who teach them are more important than university’s reputation when people choose education. However in Korea many people think that some universities which have good reputations of course offer good education. Also sometimes people are only judged by their universities. For this reason when people choose university they consider university reputation unavoidably. When I was a high school student I thought that I had to go to good university so called SKY in Korea to get a good education. But now I know the more important thing is quality of the course and students’ attitude to study. How students study and act through the education is more important than universities. University reputation is just a small part and it isn’t as important as it seems. Good education depends on efforts of students and people who teach the students.

  13. May 23, 2014 4:46 pm

    3. People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.

    In Korea, students choose a university as up to its reputation.
    In my personal perspective, a single university’s reputation is still strong especially when it comes to applying jobs. Many companies are saying that they do not think about universities’ reputations when they consider applicants. However, It can not be possible at least for now. It’s even related to high school education system which is only aimed to enter a popular university. Going to a popular university contains that this student studied hard and did effort. This is why companies do not have many choices except of university’s reputation. Like stigma, university’s name represents the students. In this Korea’s situation, choosing the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them might be not the best choice.

  14. mike C permalink
    May 23, 2014 5:04 pm

    1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    Since choosing university is the most significant matter for students, everybody makes a decision very carefully. In Korea, the most important element in choosing which university to go is the ranking of university. From SKY to regional college, almost every schools have their position in the ranking table.
    In my opinion, I partly agree with the ranking system. Mostly the higher ranking means the better infrastructure, level of students, faculty, and so on. It is true that SKY has better studying environment and reputation. Since ranking investigate many factors such as faculty research, financial conditions, and internationalization I think it is quite precise method to evaluate. However, this ranking is not the only factor. There are other factors to think when people choose university. For example, one university may have low overall ranking, but have a great course on economy. Also, another university has a great infrastructure and faculty, but financially unstable. What I want to say is that you cannot know all about university through rankings. To make a choice wisely, we should look for information of universities where we want to go.

  15. CURRAHEE permalink
    May 23, 2014 5:41 pm

    4. According the Joongang Daily’s rankings, the best university in Korea is not a SKY school, or even KAIST. How is this possible?

    Because the Joongang Daily’s rankings has a valuation basis that is different from other ranking, university ranking was that we not expected. Rankings’s appraisal standard is composed of education conditions(90 point), globalization(50 point), faculty research(100 point), social reputation and alumni networks(60 point). First, education conditions are evaluated by professor-student ratio, purchasing fee of book, professor requirement, donation, etc. So universities that are supported lavish finance have an advantage. Some universities that are supported from major company have fruitful result [POSCO supports POSTECH(No.1) and Samsung Corporation supports Sungkyunkwan University(No.3). And Doosan Corporation supports Chungang University(No.8)]. Second, Faculty research are evaluated by academic world’s reputation, record of a research, etc. Because university of science and engineering put a premium on faculty research, university of science and engineering(POSTECH, KAIST are put in upper rank) had the weather gauge of a collegiate university. In addition, Seoul National University didn’t submit appraisal related data. So Joongang Daily’s rankings was that we not expected.

  16. Lunchtime C permalink
    May 23, 2014 6:42 pm

    8. How do you feel when you read university rankings, and you see how your university has performed?

    For me, the university rankings are not that important. Because they are quite useless. When I was in my high school, I thought the rankings are very important. However, as I entered in university I know that all of the universities even including Yonsei and Korea University are nothing when they are compared with Seoul National University. The rankings are totally useless in real life. Professors and the social superiors experienced themselves and tell us like that. It’s very sad but true.
    However, my university, KyungHee, has indicated upward trend these days. And I think the “Humanitas college” that our school now focuses on is one of the biggest reasons of good ranking. During attending the class regarding Humanitas, I realized that “This is the real university’s study.” Because this class deals with variety of studies. From art to science. Thus, this makes students think more deeply. I think my school performs quite well because of it.

  17. Coffe c permalink
    May 23, 2014 9:28 pm

    6. Provide an alternative method of assessing universities’ quality.

    Although, the goal of university is cultivating knowledge of major, the main reason that plenty of people are going to university is that it helps them to get a good job. Since current assessing system focuses on academic improvement, I think it is much better if we consider practicality of university. To assess it, we have to conduct a survey of graduate. Through this survey, we can ask whether the university lecture provide them aid or not. If the survey shows some courses give them crucial help, we can decide which classes are encouraged.
    Also I think it is good if university has many foreign teachers and English classes because the reasons why Korean university has low ranking is that students and professor are not skilled in English. For example, if students or professors who are not good at English announce discovery or thesis, their unskilled language can lead to miscommunication. Therefore, to assess university quality, we should consider fluency of English. As a result, we have to evaluate universities according to globalization.

  18. May 23, 2014 11:25 pm

    8.How do you feel when you read university rankings, and you see how your university has performed?

    KHU is definitely one of most well performing universities in Korea. Surveys ranking universities are not always saying that it is one of the best in Korea, but as a student of KHU, I feel proud of my school whether they are on the list or not. Of course, it feels way better if KHU ranks higher, but if not, I know my school is good. But when the rank drops several steps and disappears from the major lists, then I doubt a little. What’s wrong? Did they do something wrong? But as the results are the complex combination of several factors, it is hard to define an affecting factor. So, as a part of KHU, I just do what I should do and focus on my aim. Of course the rankings are important, but they are not live-or-die matters to me.

  19. HAKJ C permalink
    May 23, 2014 11:37 pm

    1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    The society consists of various kinds of people. There are good people as well as bad people. I think that people around me is important for living in the world. Great harmony with them makes my life wonderful. In case of choosing university where I want to attend, rank of university is a good way of deciding.
    Frankly speaking, it is normal that the better person could choose the greater university. Of course, a student who are intelligent and who has good personality would not enter high ranker university because of personal problem or family situation. However, mostly, going to high ranker university has not only high chance to meet good mate but also great opportunity to get better education stuff than going to low rankers. When I was in high school on 3rd grade I was wondering what is the best choice whether I choose university based on rank of university or department where I want to study. At that moment I and my parents both of us imagine my future works such as getting a job, meet good people, social activities and so on. Finally, we concluded that university ranking is more important than department or location in Korea as of now. To decide university sensibly, we also need to focus on another information of university. Therefore, it is hard to choose university only based on rank of university though, it is the best way until now.

  20. HELEN permalink
    May 23, 2014 11:44 pm

    8. How do you feel when you read university rankings, and you see how your university has performed?

    I am always proud of my university even if the ranking goes up and down irregular. Of course, when it took the 6th rank out of 100 top universities in Korea, I even felt so much greater. But sometimes, when the ranks seem strange or weird for me (when my university goes lower than others that I expected so low.) , I did not want to trust those ranking lists.
    Because I know that my university, every departments always try to perform with their huge effort. For example, they made “humanities program” for students who seem to need to learn what the basic abilities are for being human. I think that It was a nice challenge to decide to offer students the lectures of human philosophy in this 2013~2014, when practical knowledges are only welcomed to the academic place such as schools.
    Thus, I am satisfied with my universities performance and do not really care about the ranking.

  21. Gordon permalink
    May 24, 2014 12:18 am

    6.Provide an alternative method of assessing universities’ quality.

    I think assessing the quality of university is good motivation between the university and students both. But current method is inappropriate I think.
    First, Internationalization criteria should be eliminated from these standard tables. Also it is surely important value to be a global university, but it is completely aimed to Western thought. I have heard that some of professor has a suffer to speak to English. Even they had studied from other countries, it didn’t show they speak English well. Rather, it can be another interruption to teach their study to the students. So I think Internationalization criteria doesn’t need to measure a level. Instead of this, I think serveying from the students is a good criteria to measure a level. I think there is no mean that students doesn’t understand fully their professor’s lecture even professor is famous or high standard person.
    Additionally, ranking table should be changed such as lining up along with academic field. For example, if one university famous for a economic field, we can be only lining up related to this field. In case of this method, we don’t consider the competence between all universities. Only lining a similar universities, we can expect to their own field by their competence.

  22. Nabi C permalink
    May 24, 2014 12:23 am

    11.

    I am very skeptical about the society where the university ranking is a sole and absolute measure for evaluating a university. Considering that the so-called elite universities have always placed in the top 10 with a slight change for a real long time and that the Korean ranking and the world or Asian ranking differ each time, I have a question: Is the ranking really objective, helpful and reliable for students? Although it is very rare that the departments in a certain university all make the best result, the ranking implies that all you have to care to decide a university should be the names on the ranking number. So, if the educational society became ‘ruled’ only by the ranking, what would happen? A private education issue which is already fierce and severe in Korea would deepen more and worse. The universities might be called the ranking number, and nobody would want to go to a university known as no. 99 or so, nor a high school would want to have a reputation that they sent some students to universities under no. 100. Therefore, the competition in the education industry would be intensified, and people will find a value only in where they are studying, not in what they are studying. I also doubt if the education industry would be able to grow in various ways because there would be obvious bad effects such as a more standardized education than now or reducing student’s options. A nonofficial and non-statistic evaluation such as people’s talk, reputations, or advice based on someone’s experience can’t be an objective standard, but as it tends to be more specific and various it has its own value to give students opportunities to make a decision. What is truly good for students is, I think, not having a goal by a name-value made only by the ranking but being able to know which institution would improve their own interest and ability.

  23. Korean permalink
    May 24, 2014 4:30 am

    1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    The university ranking has some limits to show all of university. In getting a job, for example, it is possible that a student from regional universities ranking far behind is employed on favorable terms beating out high ranked university graduates. However, it is undeniable fact that the university ranking is the most comprehensive and objective indicator when being compared to anything else in modern society, which is full of various variables. The university ranking indicates the quality of the important factors including educational environment, social reputation, globalization, employment rate, and so on. In addition, I think that the big newspaper such as Chosun Daily is quite reliable. Actually when I had to decide university which I apply for, these ranking are very helpful as some of information.
    Now, I satisfy with Kyung Hee University and my university has been rising steadily in the ranking. So, I think, the university ranking is very useful to decide which university I attend.

  24. omg permalink
    May 25, 2014 10:22 am

    4.According the Joongang Daily’s rankings, the best university in Korea is not a SKY school, or even KAIST. How is this possible?

    The fact that SKY universities and KAIST were not the best university in Korea might be pretty shocking for people. People in Korea usually rank the university. There are exactly 10 rankings of universities everybody knows. However, it is quite awkward that in Joongang DAily’s rankings, the top university was not the Seoul National university or KAIST. This happens frequently in these days. The reason for this situation is criteria for judging various universities are not fixed. They are flexible. Various kinds of criteria judge universities whether they are better or not. For example, Kyunghee university is not the top university based on the conventional ideas in Korea. However, a few days ago, Kyunghee university won a first place in exchanging students. The newspaper explained that Kyunghee university has the best system of exchanging students and top numbers of the students who go abroad for exchanging students. Frankly speaking, the rankings of universities of Korea have begun to change. We should break the bounds of the conventional rankings, and see the potential of the universities each university has.

  25. Lion permalink
    May 25, 2014 7:12 pm

    1.Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?
    Only a few years ago, I thought that university rankings and university’s reputation are important indicator of the showing the student’s position. So, I had taken an in depth look at the issues. However, I am not very interested in university rankings now. Because the ranking is no longer powerful way to choose university as it used to be. In the past, I thought that entrance into a famous college means beginning of a future success. But, now I come to think of it, the primary cause of Korea’s flawed education is the ranking of prestigious universities. Although most companies still tend to value university reputations during recruitment periods, graduate from a prestigious college does not guarantee respectable job. Also, the ranking has limits to quantify the quality of education. So, I think university rankings are not essential factor to choose university.

  26. itsme c permalink
    May 25, 2014 8:20 pm

    1. Are the university rankings a suitable way of deciding which university you should attend?

    When I was high scool students, I always wondered the rankings of universities. I thought I should enter the university which ranked top and It was always my goal that I should make out. Because rakings of Univ is concerned with reputation and reputation is concerned getting job after graduate.
    However, now I think the ranking is not much important these days. For sure, the title and ranking of university is important factor for getting job, personal abilities are the most important in nowdays. When we have interview for our job , interviewer usually check university but interviers are more closely look interviewee’s personal ability and achievement.

  27. jay permalink
    May 25, 2014 9:45 pm

    4. According the Joongang Daily’s rankings, the best university in Korea is not a SKY school, or even KAIST. How is this possible?

    Since weekly magazine US News&World Report began to evaluate university assessment in 1983, it was generalized to assure status of universities in many countries. Korea also has implemented university assessment since Joongang Daily began to evaluate it in 1994. Joongang Daily implements university assessment according to four criteria, with a total of 300 possible points: faculty research (100 points), education and financial conditions (90 points), reputation and alumni networks (60 points), and internationalization (50 points). According to criteria, POSTECH was elected to the best university in Korea and KAIST was elected following POSTECH. Why POSTECH and KAIST were appeared in higher ranks than SKY?
    First, reputation and alumni networks which was one of four criteria and accounted for 60 points included detailed assesment clauses: which university companies wanted to hire, whether university had majors that requires in companies. and employment rate. Major companies in Korea usually employ people who majored in natural sciences or engineering because they are specialized in sciences and engineering. Therefore, they need talented people who can apply knowledge related to task. As a result, universities that specialized in science and engineering such as POSTECH and KAIST could achieve high score in these clauses.
    Second, faculty research which was one of four criteria and accounted for 100 points included detailed assesment clauses: presentation condition of intellectual property right per professor who majored in scientific technology and the amount of imports about transfer of scientific technology. They were clauses that were thoroughly divided from humanities. Also they could not be applied to professor who majored in humanities. There were no clauses for professor who majored in humanities. These clauses were advantageous to POSTECH and KAIST which had many professor who specialized in science and engineering.
    Universities have various education plan and they manage with individual aims. Thus, equal valuation basis can cause loss of characteristic, de-individuation and finally can cause uniformity. In conclusion, university assessment has to overcome these problems and make new clauses which can evaluate correctly.

  28. Melissa permalink
    May 25, 2014 10:53 pm

    9.In ten years time, how will your university’s current and former ranking matter to you?

    I never worry about the current and former ranking of my university. Because I have confidence that Kyunghee university’s ranking will be at the height of its powers and ranked high in the ranking table. These days, the number of students majoring in the humanities has declined by about half. However, in an effort to revitalize humanities education, Kyunghee university has increased its spending on the research and study of humanities. Also lectures about humanities, such as ‘인간의 가치 탐색'(exploration about human’s value), ‘우리가 사는 세계'(a world we live) are equired subjects for all students. Unlike other universities, KHU has the potential to be differentiated according to this strategy. After 10 years, my university will get the credit of this effort and must be reached the top rank.

  29. chr4231 permalink
    May 26, 2014 2:49 am

    3.People should choose the education they wish to receive based on the quality of the course materials and those who teach them, rather than a single university’s reputation – Discuss.

    It is best way that people decide their university based on a major’s curriculum or quality of professors. However I think that it is hard for korean students because of the system of high school education. When korean student choose and apply to universities, they get piecemeal information about universities and departments. Actually,they don’t have enough time and programs to find their aptitude in school. They don’t have much attachment to their course so they depend on considering reputation of university or department just for get a better job after graduate. In addition, teachers does not guide how to find information of curriculum and professors. Even when students use private course consultant, they are just given some of screenings of entrance examinations and arrange chart of universities and departments according to SAT scores of last passed candidates. So in my opinion, unless school education system is renovated, it is impossible for all people to consider university’s reputation when they choose their course.

  30. Beeyomi permalink
    June 11, 2014 5:00 am

    A value of Education

    6. Provide an alternative method of assessing universities’ quality.

    The purpose of assessing universities’ quality might be to help students to decide their entrance and to encourage universities to establish better environment for studying and having various experience for their students. Therefore, standards of assessing universities should include the courses’ quality, degree of students’ autonomy, and variety of supported extracurricular activities.
    Study in university should be both deep and wide. How professional major courses are and how many liberal arts are established are essential considerations. For my case, at first, I was not satisfied with Kyung-hee University, but after taking liberal art classes such as “The world we live in” and “Seeking The Human Value” which ‘Humanitas’ college provide, I felt thankful to come this university. Though these days importance of liberal arts is undervalued more and more, the way education should follow is suggesting various studies to students. Therefore, numbers and accessibility of liberal courses should be one of standards. About deepness of major course, uploading some clips of lectures can be helpful for high school graduates to decide their entrance. Also, departments should be assessed separately from whole university, because department competence dose not accord with university’s name value. For example, though Han-yang University is respected one of the best science and engineering department, humanities department is not.
    The next thing I assert to be included in assessment standards is the numbers and the quality of clubs and flush of student council. Club activities and autonomy of students are important elements because students can learn sociality as well as can find their aptitude or talent through those. Thus how much clubs are supported by university and how often the communication between student council and university occurs actively can be useful information.
    Final consideration is about extracurricular programs. Students could often learn more lessons through real activities rather in textbooks. For examples, Kyung-hee University supplies Arete reading discussion, mentoring, cross country, and other outside lectures. These programs can be invaluable experiences to students.
    The purpose of university is so abstract and invisible that its quality is not assessed easily. However, it is obvious that its purpose is closed to academic achievement and growing better citizens rather than employment. Therefore, society should not assess university’s quality through simple figure but should put effort to evaluate its real value.

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