Scholar stresses international education2003-10-24Hit:11164
Though passion for better and higher education is deemed paramount among the Korean people, the local educational system does not seem to address certain quality standards or the practical needs of Korea’s globalizing economy, thus driving its students overseas. According to an international education expert, however, this situation should not be the case in Korea, which is blessed with tremendous human resources. "Korea can emerge as a powerhouse of knowledge in Aisis as they did in manufacturing," John Fernandes, president of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business for MBA schools, told The Korea Herald last week. "In order to attain that vision, the Korean government must bring more international students and encourage its highly educated populace to go abroad," said the expert, who was in town to attend a forum. By exporting its scholars as faculty members, Korea can relieve pressure from the already saturated market for local faculty and disseminate Korean values to other countries more effectively, he advised. "There is a saying that Seoul has more Ph.D.s per square foot than any other city in the world, and they need to pursue opportunities in other parts of the world," the U.S. expert said. Responding to growing criticism about the effectiveness of MBA programs amid the glut of graduates, the expert contended that MBA programs still have a bright future as the economy expands. "Business schools are still underserved by the number of Ph.D.s in other areas. For example, social science produces seven times more Ph.D.s than business," he said. In August, his association acknowledged the KAIST Graduate School of Management as the first Korean institution to earn its recognition on a par with other celebrated schools like Harvard and Stanford.