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NO.333 07.28.2017

“Kyung Hee Engineering” Receives Major Government Grant

Kyung Hee University will receive up to 41.2 Billion KRW of government funding in the next four to six years to train young talents tailored to social demands

 

Kyung Hee has been selected for several significant government grants including the “Leaders in Industry-university Cooperation Plus” project (LINC+), managed by the Ministry of Education, the Engineering University Realignment project, and the Software Focus University Development (SFUD) project, both managed by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.


Starting last year, Kyung Hee College of Engineering has been implementing a number of innovative new initiatives to realign the College to better respond to the civilizational transition and to create a new academic, educational, and research environment to meet the demands of future society. The key initiatives include the Future Science Cluster and the “Planning Committee for Engineering Education” to facilitate the growth of new engineering talents.


New academic curriculums to train leaders of future
The realignment effort at “Kyung Hee Engineering” has been two-pronged: promoting academic-industry convergence through the Future Science Cluster and renovating curriculums to train young leaders and talents for the society of future. This year’s plan involves the creation of the Department of Software Convergence that focuses on building specialized software-based convergent knowledge and sophisticated software development capability. The department is currently subdivided into three tracks: “Data-science track,” “Future mobility-robotics track,” and “Game contents track.”

 

Establishing the College of Future Convergence Engineering (CoFCE; tentatively named) is another key initiative currently underway. The CoFCE specializes in innovative convergent engineering education in preparation for future; it will also be designed as an open-ended institution to accommodate diverse fields of studies to facilitate convergence engineering education.

 


Student-oriented new curriculums to ensure students’ right to education
New curriculums will focus on convergent specialty: all departments that participate in the LINC+ project will receive or strengthen Capstone Design System. The Capstone Design System requires senior students to fully utilize all the specialty knowledge and experience one has gained through the course work to design, build, and troubleshoot the graduation piece so that students after graduation will have practical knowledge to design and build one’s own project in the field. Professor Sungsoo Lim (Director, Future Science Cluster) said, “In order to excel at the Capstone Design System, it is not enough to build up only one area of knowledge. It requires a well-rounded diversity of relevant knowledge, and our main direction in the new curriculums will be on how to equip our students with such knowledges. It will start with lowering the boundaries among traditional departmental demarcations by allowing students to earn credit toward their major through experiencing broader subjects than were previously allowed.”

 


“Training new talents who will make human-centered technology based on a deep understanding of humanity”

Alongside the sophistication of specialty convergence technical education, “Kyung Hee Engineering” also plans to strengthen the humanity component of its curriculum through the Humanitas College. Professor Lim said, “Technology is value-neutral: the value of a piece of technology is first determined by how helpful it is to humans. We would like to bring about young talents who can create human-centered engineering technology based on a deep understanding of humanity. A close working relationship with the Humanitas College will be beneficial to our engineering students so that they may be equipped with eyes for both technology and humanity.”

 

Industry-university cooperation will also be spurred to optimally respond to the demands from the industry. Along with the Capstone Design System, industry-sponsored internships and field education opportunities will be strengthened. A new ecosystem for industry-university cooperation will be built in the vicinity of the Global Campus. The Kyung Hee-Samsung Academy-Industry Cooperation Building will be the first institution to move into the Global Campus Cutting-edge R&D complex this year.

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