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ERIC Number: EJ915903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Higher Education Reform in South Korea: Perspectives on the New University for Regional Innovation Program
Choi, Sheena; Yeom, Minho
International Journal of Educational Reform, v19 n3 p205-221 Sum 2010
The New University for Regional Innovation (NURI) is one of the South Korean Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development's key projects supporting regional universities. NURI aims to develop areas of specialization in regional universities and link universities to local industries. In 2004, the South Korean government pledged to invest 1.24 trillion Korean won (approximately US$1.24 billion) in the project over a 5-year period. This study examines the NURI policy and implementation process from the bottom-up perspectives discovered during semistructured interviews with key stakeholders. The results indicate an overall consensus that NURI has contributed to the improvement of education in regional universities. Yet, skepticism lingers concerning the potential for the program to achieve structural reform. This study suggests there is an urgent need for a comprehensive central intervention that can deliver structural reforms and balanced development. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea