In my last post I shared what’s going on in China’s universities (closing majors without jobs’ prospects). Now, South Korea seems to be having more universities than they need (compared to 15 years ago). This CHE article by David McNeill CHE – Korea Universities – Nov 27 2011 is worth reading. McNeill describes South Korea’s situation (which might be the case of other developed/developing countries) and demonstrates how critical is the need for continuous assessment and strategic planning of both the higher education and the R&D/innovation systems to support a country’s well-being.
“Times have changed, and we have new technologies and knowledge. I’m in favor of combining conventional methods with the innovative spirit, and we need a system that generates innovation and creativity.” says President Lee. The question is whether universities can produce more innovation and creativity while preserving the strengths of their past during what is clearly a crossroads for the South Korea’s higher-education system.