NEW University President Park Hyungju Joins Committee on Development of Mathematics and Science Education as Inaugural Chair
Park Hyungju, President of Ajou University, has joined the Committee on Development of Mathematics and Science Education (CDMSE), a public-private partnership launched by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) to look for ways to innovate STEM education in the post-pandemic age.
The committee held an inauguration ceremony and first meeting on July 29 and consists of 27 members—all experts from education, research and industry, with Mr. Park appointed its inaugural chair. The first term of the committee will end in June 2021.
Attending members watched video clips showing interviews in which students share their thoughts and wishes regarding mathematics and science education. Measures were then discussed on enhancing collaboration between the two ministries on matters of education, particularly focusing on ways to identify and implement collaborative tasks for a new model of mathematics and science education that encourages deep thinking in students.
Actions under discussion included establishing intelligent labs on campuses to provide forward-looking AI classes on mathematics and science through experience, developing new learning programs centered on core concepts of the intelligent future (e.g., robotics, aerospace), and establishing a “Star Bridge Center,” Which will serve as a hub for collaboration between schools and specialized research institutions and help develop education and training content and programs.
The measures discussed by the committee will be implemented by the end of this year, with both ministries pledging to develop specific measures to enhance collaboration. The committee’s second term will begin in the latter half of next year, with members focusing on developing specific mid- to long-term tasks for collaboration based on ideas shared in the first term.