Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Government blacklist of Korean universities includes one in Gangneung

The news was apparently on Monday: now the English news is full of it.
I first learned of the blacklist from Asiaone:
The naming and shaming of 43 poorly managed universities by the Education Ministry on Monday has spawned confusion and concern among universities, with some decrying the label or expressing worries about next year's freshmen recruitment.
But a closer look and deliberate search finds the news everywhere.
 Officials have said that an equal provision of funds to all schools would be a waste of taxpayer money and could end up as a lifeline for uncompetitive colleges. President Lee Myung-bak has also called for college restructuring as a condition for providing government money to universities.
   In South Korea, 80 percent of higher education institutions are operated by private foundations that rely heavily on tuition for revenue.
And also:
The ministry said it has chosen the universities in consultation with advisory bodies based on the results of a university evaluation that used criteria, such as the employment rate of graduates, the yearly enrollment rate and the number of full-time instructors. 
The Herald has copied the same press release as Yonhap.
The news has reached Malaysia, where Bermana reports:
The education ministry has selected 43 private universities that will have their subsidies partly cut or denied next year as part of a government drive to weed out poorly managed schools.
I find this big news especially as I just finished writing a big article saying that blacklists couldn't happen here.  I don't exactly have egg on my face, but perhaps on my freshly washed jacket.
My old university is on the list, which I cannot find in full anywhere - Asiaone names a handful of the schools in question.  I hope that my friends are okay, or will be okay during the next semester.  Time to dust off those resumes!


Anonymous said...

It is not Gangneung but Kangnung 江陵( I should know I live there 10 years

brian dean said...

A Google search for "kangnung" gives About 1,740,000 results.

A Google search for "Gangneung" gives About 2,850,000 results

Why not "Gangreung"? To the best of my knowledge, and I worked in the city for a similar period, "Gangneung" is the correct modern spelling.

I have to admit that I went to university in the city of St. Catharines and it was some time before I paid enough attention to the name to see it had two 'a's - I had spelled it "St Catherines" many times.

Jellie said...

If things get rough. Be smooth enough to make it okay.