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NO.354 12.08.2017

Kyung Hee University to Create “Global Academic-Industry Cooperative Ecosystem”

Kyung Hee plans to create a sustainable global academic-industry cooperative ecosystem that can lead the “Fourth Wave” at the forefront of Biohealth, Future Science, and Arts & Culture

Students will be able to freely design their own future through diverse new curriculums adaptable to individual needs and tailored for advancement of academic-industry cooperation. The global academic-industry cooperative ecosystem that Kyung Hee builds was launched with the unveiling of the “Leader in INdustry-university Cooperation Plus” project (LINC+), managed by the Ministry of Education, on September 27, 2017, at the Peace Hall of the Main Library on the Global Campus. The LINC+ project announced in April 2017 is one of the largest projects funded by the Ministry of Education this year with the government subsidy lasting up to five years. Kyung Hee is set to receive in total 4.3 billion KRW in research funding this year including the modular research funding for LINC+ worth 15 million KRW.

Center for Academic-Industry Cooperation, Future Science R&D Complex, Energy Cluster, and more infrastructure building underway for academic-industry cooperation
The vision of the LINC+ project is centered on the creation of a sustainable global model for academic-industry cooperation. In this effort, the LINC+ project will build four educational platforms (‘workplace experience,’ ‘demand responsive,’ ‘demand inventive,’ and ‘raising core competitiveness’), local community liaison platform, and academic-industry cooperative synergy platform. One of the examples is an intelligent academic-industry cooperative platform called “Aladdin.” It intelligently analyzes source-specific real-time market demand data from student, professors, and companies in the areas of education, job search, venture upstarting, and academic-industry cooperation. It then organically and dynamically matches demand with available resources.

Further infrastructure building is underway centered on reinforcing academic-industry cooperation. The Center for Academic-Industry Cooperation will open on Global Campus. A research center for water and environment engineering, a Korean medicine research center, and the Energy Cluster are being planned for in Keumsan, Chunchungnamdo that will be the nexus of academic-industry cooperative efforts at Kyung Hee.

Student-oriented education specifically designed for career enhancement
A number of innovative modifications to our educational curriculums are also in the works. The new focus is on advocating students and their needs, and facilitating the ease of convergence education among multiple majors. The new convergent curriculums will be geared toward better and more diverse opportunities for career pathways and venture upstarting. The KHU Valley, which is a combination of 32 special initiatives specifically tailored for academic-industry cooperative programs, is a prime example.

As part of this effort, LGenius track will be expanded and become part of the LINC+ modular programs. It is a joint academic-industry initiative run by the Department of Information Display and LG Display which annually grants scholarship to 10-15 promising junior students with guaranteed job placement after graduation.

The University will actively follow up on all venture upstarting education programs and students graduating from them to actual founding of venture companies, eventually creating a venture upstarting ecosystem.

College of Software Convergence coming online in 2018
College curriculums will also be realigned to strengthen convergence education, as the need for convergence education is rapidly rising in the face of dire challenges humanity is currently faced with: climate change, resource depletion, energy shortage, water & food deficiency, and others.

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.

New academic divisions will be formed in accordance with the new curriculums. Starting next year, the Department of Computer Engineering and the newly-established Department of Software Convergence will be consolidated under the College of Software Convergence, which will be focused on educating future talent specialized in convergence knowledge and software development skills.

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