Kyung Hee’s “Future Science Cluster” is steaming ahead with the planning for a major reorganization of colleges and departments in engineering to accelerate convergence and interdisciplinary collaboration.
In July 2016, the “Planning Committee for Engineering Education” was launched to advance knowledge acquisition and pedagogical innovation for engineering. On August 26, 2016, the University hosted “2016 Engineering Education Development Colloquium” to discuss development strategies for “Future Science Cluster” and the future of College of Engineering as well as long-term plans for new colleges and department in engineering.
“Convergence is absolutely necessary to prepare for the future and to equip our students accordingly”
Kyung Hee University is building five Connective Cooperation Clusters (Biotech and Health, Future Science, Civilization, Arts and Culture, and Social Physical Education) in response to the civilizational transformation and to equip future society with optimized educational institution and innovative research environment. Future Science and Biohealth clusters are currently at the top of the leaderboard making most progress. Sung-soo Im (Director, Future Science Cluster) said, “As we expect artificial intelligence (AI) to drastically alter future job market, the transition to convergence cluster is absolutely necessary to optimally reposition ourselves in preparation for the coming new era and to enable our students to thrive in such an environment.”
Establishing the College of Future Convergence Engineering (tentatively named) that focuses on convergence specialty engineering education
The main component of “Engineering Education Development Strategy” is to explore new avenues of pedagogical possibilities dedicated to teaching and supporting our students in the upcoming era of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) by establishing the College of Future Convergence Engineering (CoFCE; tentatively named) and the Department of Software Convergence (DoSC; tentatively named).
The CoFCE will include the existing Department of Computer Engineering, the DoSC (planned to open next year), and the Departments of Energy Convergence Engineering and Data Science (both tentatively named; planned to open in near future). The new college will specialize in convergence engineering education and augment the existing engineering college and the Future Science Cluster.
Embodying a revolutionary new pedagogical innovation, the CoFCE is designed to be very flexible and open to meet in a timely manner myriad needs that may arise in response to the constant changes and innovations made in the field. The program being planned is currently in two-fold: “Core-Track” (70%) will strengthen knowledge in the area of specialty for each student and “Add-on-Track” (30%) will augment the study with broad academic opportunities. A “Convergence Specialty Program” with minimum 50% mandatory convergence projects will run alongside the program to train students in the art of independent convergence research design. The “Add-on-Track” is a flexible program conceived in response to the latest trends and demands of society and students; it can also be designed by students as an “Independent Study” curriculum to facilitate creativity and to support emerging career paths.
Department of Software Convergence (DoSC; tentatively named) set to open in 2017 for research on Big Data and AI
The DoSC will consist of Data Science Track (Big Data, cloud computing), Future Car & Robotics Track (autonomous car), and Gaming Contents Track (artificial intelligence, virtual reality) managed by a joint faculty group of university professors and active software engineers. The DoSC will focus on training young talents who can make seamless transition from university to corporations with Pre-Professional Learning Initiative. The department will also furnish innovative research environment with new integrated Master’s programs to support the growth of young researchers who would remain at university to pursue specific research interest.