“In that sense, topic areas like science and engineering may even see some drop in worldwide enrolments in comparison with humanities and liberal arts,” says South Korean Ambassador His Excellency Shin Bong-kil. The continuing pandemic has additionally led to improvements and elevated the function of expertise in making worldwide training extra accessible to world college students, he provides. “It’s stated that innovation and creativity typically thrive in a disaster. COVID-19 has prompted academic establishments to innovate in their very own little option to adapt to the brand new scenario. This has given rise to the net instructing mannequin. This allows college students to pursue worldwide academic programs from their dwelling nation with out having to journey overseas thus enabling college students with modest means who can not afford the price of in-campus research overseas to hitch worldwide training,” Shin Bong-kil informed Training Occasions.
India-South Korea ties
Regardless of the pandemic, Korea and India have managed to minimise its opposed results on bilateral cooperation within the increased training sector. This yr, the Korean authorities granted scholarship to some 50 Indian college students to hitch grasp’s and PhD programmes, excluding undergraduate programme, up from 17 final yr.“The embassy took particular care in issuing well timed visa to all of the profitable candidates. Thanks to those efforts, some 40 Indian college students have entered Korea this August to start out their research. Only a few college students gave up their scholarship due to COVID-19 and solely three college students requested to defer their departure as their last exams for bachelor’s diploma have been delayed,” provides the Ambassador.
Affect of journey restrictions
South Korea doesn’t see journey restrictions as a serious hurdle. “It’s a momentary measure to battle COVID and can step by step be eased. Regardless that the scheduled flights between the 2 international locations stands suspended as of now, we have now been working particular flights since April. A complete of 23 particular flights have facilitated the journey of Indian college students,” he provides. Presently, each the international locations are negotiating an air bubble settlement, as soon as this settlement is finalised, each India and Korea will be capable of function from side to side flights with some restrictions.
The brand new Nationwide Training Coverage (NEP) 2020 has paved the best way for the highest 100 overseas universities to arrange operations in India. He believes that Korean universities reminiscent of SNU, KAIST, Korea College, POSTECH, Yonsei College and Sungkyunwan College will arrange their campuses in India and likewise, prestigious Indian universities can open their campuses in Korea, boosting academic cooperation between the 2 international locations. With the addition of Korean language as one of many overseas languages on the secondary degree, the federal government is able to help Korean language training in India. In direction of this, a Korean Training Middle shall be arrange someday subsequent yr in Delhi. Moreover, dialogue with the Ministry of Training can be underway to launch a joint training programme in an effort to practice Indian folks to show the Korean language in faculties.
Realising that there shall be a spurt in demand for Korean language lecturers in India, the Korean Cultural Middle has already began a web-based language trainer coaching course. College students studying the Korean language can hope to have a vivid future. There are greater than 700 Korean firms doing enterprise in India, says the ambassador.
“Indian college students studying the language stand a greater likelihood to get gainful employment in Korean firms. Additional, there are additionally alternatives for Indians proficient within the language to hitch Korean multinationals in different international locations in managerial positions,” he provides.
In these making an attempt occasions, the primary and the foremost obligation of universities is to make sure the well being and security of scholars. To this finish, nearly all Korean universities have embraced on-line studying as the brand new mantra and are setting up plans and programs in order that college students don’t lose one full educational yr.To supply secure and safe research atmosphere to all worldwide college students, Korean authorities and universities are providing free COIVD take a look at, remedy, self-quarantine necessities, routine disinfection and many others.