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The Trace of the UOS International Program
Byun Kyung-mo Reporter  |
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Evaluation of international index is used to monitor the increase in university’s effort to raise the ratio of foreign professors, foreign students, foreign language lectures and so on. For instance, among the total university evaluting index the international index is 70 out of 400 according to the Joongang Ilbo newspaper.

The information in the Joongang Ilbo, up to last year total 5 part, 52 indexes has changed form this year 4 part and 38 indexes to evaluate university. The categories evaluated were education and finance (100), international index (70), professor research (120), social reputation (110). Of course the world-famous press also evaluated international indexes of university throughout the world, for example, The Times and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

In reference to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University assessment, the number of Nobel prize and Fields Medal winner alumnus takes 10%, the professors who won Nobel prizes and Fields Medal takes 20%, the number of researchers who were frequently quoted in the field of biology, medical science, physics, engineering, social science takes 20%, the number of thesis selected from Nature and Science takes 20%, number of SCI (Scientific Citation Index) thesis takes 20%, the sum of mentioned 5 factor per number of professors takes 10% in evaluating factor.

In case of The Times peer review takes 50%, quotations of thesis per number of professors takes 20%, ratio of professors and students takes 20%, ratio of foreign students takes 5%, ratio of foreign professors takes 5% in evaluating factors.

The UOS’s Exchange Programs
Korean Language and Culture Program (KLCP)
KLCP lectures are for one year with each semester having 10 weeks of classes. Foreigners who are not students at the UOS, and are older than fifteen years of age can participate in these classes. Moreover, they learn not only Korean but also learn about the Korean culture.

The classes are divided into six different levels which teach daily conversation (beginner through advanced levels) in Korean, and include cultural and business aspects as well. Learning about the Korean culture involves not only visual things such as the Korean Folk Village, National Museum of Korea, but also you get to learn about making Kimchi or learning how to do Taekwondo.

International Summer School
The International Summer School first began in 2000. It invites foreign students from universities that have made international arrangements with the UOS to learn Korea as well as experience Seoul for 5 weeks over summer vacation. Invited students take courses about Korean Studies, Asian Studies and experience the cultural aspects of Seoul, like the folk villages. Since 2006 the Korean UOS students can also take part in an international summer school’s English program. Every lecture is in English and the entire program is based on the use of English, therefore it is designed for participants to improve their English ability.

Exchange Student Program
Exchange student program is that students from other foreign universities can earn credits at an international university based on the agreements made between the universities.

The UOS’s international index, is it far or close to 100?
Interview with exchange students:
According to main programs that the KLCP offers, the international summer school and exchange students program, the UOS has pretty good atmosphere for the global age.

However, we cannot learn everything just via the information on the Internet. So, The UOS TIMES have done a survey and a questionnaire to inquire about what the foreign students studying at the UOS think about this program. The UOS TIMES conducted a survey to the foreign students who participated in the program to understand the UOS’s international index more easily. For accuracy of the survey we divided the sample into two groups - one who have stayed for a long period in Korea, others who have stayed for a short period of time in Korea. The first group was asked a subjective question; the second group was surveyed with multiple choice questions.

Xiaojun Xu, an exchange student from Union University in China, answered questions about any activities he had participated in. He stated that he had participated in China UOS, the club that the students of Department of International Relations made regulatory. This club is for small debate about China’s culture. Because of this he said he can enjoy life in Korea without difficulty and could make many Korean friends.

When asked questions about the Korean lectures, he said it was great pleasure for him to learn Korean and the professors were very kind. Because of the approach that the professor used, he said he can understand the lectures quite well. However, he said that the Korean lecture was the only time that he could meet other exchange students, so the UOS has fewer activities than he thought. Also, the unsatisfying factor he said was the amount of class time for the Korean lecture was too little and does not have an effective feedback system, for example too little homework.

Another exchange student Han Junjie said that because of the friendly and kind professor, the atmosphere of class was very fun and interesting. He mentioned that the unsatisfying factor was that the lecture was somewhat hard for beginners, so he cannot fully understand the lecture.

This is the story from one of the exchange students, named Ke-na from Japan, she tells us about her point of view about the Korea Language and Culture Program. She complained very little, but she felt the professors went too fast during the lecture and ignored the level of students. However, she ended our interview with a good story about the KLCP. She stated that the lectures were well-prepared for foreign student by explaining them in English. In addition, she is able to meet and practice her Korean easily.

She added that Korea University and Yonsei University are very famous for its Korean language education programs in her country. The UOS is not as popular because the program has only been established for one year. Listening to her opinion about the KLCP, I felt she liked our language program very much. It is quite an incredible the amount of work that KLCP has accomplished in less than one year! Hopefully, if our UOS Korean language program lasts long enough time, perhaps over fifty years, we can create our own curriculum of teaching Korean. This is what our exchange students think and feel about their time at the UOS.

Questionnaire survey
After the questionnaire survey there was some indications that the students who stayed a long period in Korea had some unsatisfying issues, but students staying Korea for a short period mostly were satisfied with the current Korean lectures. In reference to the question, ‘The reason why you came to Korea, most students answered that they wanted to learn Korean.

The question about, ‘How much you are content with the exchange program results were very satisfied at 29% and just satisfied at 49%. The response to the professor’s teaching methods’ was highest at 34%. However, 56% of the students were unsatisfied with that fact that there was no unique textbook for the program at the UOS.

The UOS’s Score Report
According to the outcome of the survey, the student’s main approval was concerning the lecture. However, it revealed that students who had finished all their courses and returned to their country or who stayed long period of time had some concerns. As previously stated above, friendly professors can increase participation in the program for the exchange students. It may help exchange students to study foreign language.

However, the curriculum must be created not only for quality but also for quantity. Xiaojun Xu, stated that the existence of student clubs for international exchange is appropriate for foreigner, but he said, ‘There is too little activity to organize us.’ According to this response, the UOS has yet to fully satisfy international demands. All the issues addressed in the survey are being considered by the KLCP.

Interview with Program Coordinator of KLCP
Q : What has changed since the KLCP was first established?
A : In reference to the changes in our department over the last year, the most recognizable is how big the institute has become. Seriously, in the beginning, we started with about fifty students but now we have more than 150 international students who are taking classes. Subsequently, there are many different students from all over the world, ranging from Japan to America. In addition, recognition of the UOS has changed because of the KLCP.

Before this institute was established, numerous exchange and foreign students had difficulty taking classes. This was because most of the lectures were instructed in Korean, which they were not familiar with. But now they can learn Korean with a well-organized curriculum for studying the language of Korea.

Q : Do you have any plans to publish a textbook for the UOS?
A : Actually we are planning to make our own textbook. However, writing a book is not that simple it involves complex tasks, so it is included in our long range plan for program development of the KLCP. Eventually, students may look forward to studying a book published by the UOS.

Q : What do you think was the reason for the unpopularity of the KLCP at the UOS?
A : Different from other universities’ language programs, getting many students was not our goal. The aim was to select students who were excited about studying Korean, to be excellent in Korean was the important thing not the number of students enrolled. Because we are a new language institute is the reason why the KLCP program at this University is not well known to foreigners. But, I have no doubt that our professionally run program at the KLCP will be well-known to Korean language education recipients soon.

Q : Why did students pick the UOS to learn Korean?
A : 1. Since our enrollment is small the teachers can provide more quality time with each learner in the KLCP.
2. Tuition fee is reasonable compared to other universities.
3. The surrounding area around the UOS is a great place to study.

Even though the University of Seoul’s KLCP is only one year old, I could feel how much energy it had to become one the best Korean Language Schools in Seoul. However, we need to be able to listen to each other about any complaints or concerns and work together to grow and create an awesome program at the UOS. All of us will look forward to hearing good news about the KLCP in the future. And please everyone make it a great day at the UOS!

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