Ajou University Students Awarded “The 24th Citizen's Criticism Award for Good Broadcasting”
Students from Ajou University received “The 24th Citizen's Criticism Award for Good Broadcasting.” In deliberations for “The 24th Citizen's Criticism Award for Good Broadcasting” hosted by the Foundation for Broadcast Culture on December 11, 2021, the work of nine students from Ajou University won honorable mention and were selected for the award. This is a splendid feat following last year’s achievement where five students received awards. Students entered the contest after studying the theory of criticism in content & text and the method for analysis by taking lectures in the Media Text Analysis Workshop and Broadcast Content Planning course taught by Professor Hong Kyung-soo from the Department of Culture and Contents. In the contest, Na Eun-jeong, a student in the Department of Culture and Contents, won honorable mention for her critique of the Crimetrivia aired on tvN, title “Regrettable lack of density, dictionary of miscellaneous common knowledge.” Awardees of honorable mention will be presented with a certificate, a trophy, and a cash prize of 1 million Korean won. Cho Won-seok (English Department), Kim Hae-seong (History Department), Yang Soo-jin, Kim Kyeong-eun, Kim Yoo-jeong, Kim Ji-hyeon, Sohn Jong-wook, and Jeong Ji-hyeon (Department of Culture and Contents) were awarded prizes for drafting critical essays on TV programs from a variety of genres, each receiving 300,000 Korean won. “Students have grown remarkably by watching, critically reviewing, and discussing broadcasting programs,” said Professor Hong, who taught the students. “It is such a pleasure to see their efforts recognized by society and I hope this will propel them to achieve greater goals.” The Citizen’s Criticism Award is hosted by the Foundation for Broadcast Culture (affiliated with the MBC Foundation) and aims to promote the development of broadcasting and viewer rights and interests. The award ceremony was held on December 17, 2021, while the winning works will be published as a critique book. *Photo: (From left) Cho Won-seok, Kim Hae-seong, Sohn Jong-wook, Professor Hong Kyung-soo, Yang Soo-jin, Kim Yoo-jeong, Kim Ji-hyeon, Jeong Ji-hyeon, and Kim Kyeong-eun
Ajou University President Park Hyung-ju attends “Presentation on General Outline of the 2022 Revised Curriculum"
Ajou University President Park Hyung-ju attended the “Presentation on General Outline of the 2022 Revised Curriculum.” Hosted by the Ministry of Education on November 24, 2021, this event was attended not only by Ajou University President Park but also by Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae and other dignitaries. President Park delivered a presentation entitled, “Progress on Revision of the Curriculum and Major Challenges.” Appointed as Chairman of the Committee on Revision of the National Curriculum by the Ministry of Education in April, President Park has since held 13 meetings on the direction of and challenges in a revision of the curriculum. During the presentation, he talked about the opinions that had been gathered through various channels to come up with an amendment and comprehensive discussions on and review of related research results, and how intense discussion occurred within the Committee on the questions, “Is it a sustainable alternative that can support the lives and growth of our children in the future?” and “Is it is an unbiased alternative that is balanced and reasonable?” During the Q&A session with reporters, a question was asked regarding how deficiencies could be prevented in basic academic skills as a result of a reduction in the amount of learning. President Park began answering by explaining that designing a curriculum is similar to designing a four-story building with common courses, general elective courses, career-related elective courses, and convergence elective courses for each floor, from bottom to top. Therefore, if there is too much time spent in the common and general elective courses, students will burn out before taking courses in the higher floors—the career-related and convergence elective courses. “It is important to keep students from becoming fatigued through the use of a suitable amount of study on the 1st and 2nd floors. […] The high school credit system should go together with class diversity as well as a diversity of levels.” He added, “It is important to find ways to encourage students to move on to the third and fourth floors. […] The university entrance exam system should be designed so students intensively studying, through elective courses in their area of interest, will be advantaged rather than disadvantaged.” The 2022 revised curriculum will be finalized and announced around November 2022 and will reflect major issues announced during this “Presentation on General Outline of the 2022 Revised Curriculum.” The revised curriculum will be applied to elementary first and second graders in 2024 and first graders of middle and high schools in 2025.
Education Innovation Forum on Student Success
Ajou University has hosted a forum on the theme of student success. Internal experts from the university were joined by external experts in a hybrid format to deliver presentations and share cases of innovation in education and results. The “Forum to Disseminate Achievements of the University Innovation Support Program – Education Innovation for Student Success” was held at Ajou’s Yeonam Hall on December 10, 2021, and broadcast live via Ajou University Center for University Education Innovation’s YouTube channel. The forum consisted of two sessions and began with an opening address by Chang Woo-jin, Director of the Center for University Education Innovation, and encouraging words by Ajou University’s President Park Hyungju. The first session commenced with a keynote lecture by Bae Sang-hoon, Sungkyunkwan University Dean of Student Affairs and Chief of Student Success Center, and was entitled, “Vision for Student Success and Its Implementation: Achievements of the Past Three Years and Future Challenges.” Dean Bae emphasized that education, talented human resources, and student success were the core mission and zeitgeist of universities. He introduced the Student Success Center launched by Sungkyunkwan University and delivered a presentation on the achievements of various projects carried out by the Center and the challenges that lay ahead. This was followed by a presentation by Professor Choi Jung-hee of Dankook University’s Education Center for Academic Performance Evaluation on the theme, “Application and Achievements of CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) for Ability-centered University Education,” in which she elaborated on such innovation using the keyword “skills.” In other words, universities need to become more competitive by ensuring the education they offer reflects their capacities, as well as those of their professors and students. Professor Choi introduced the application, and achievements of a system using feedback to connect professors and learning developed to continuously improve university lectures and the CQI system. The second session was a presentation on the attempts and achievements of Ajou University to innovate education. Ajou University Center for Teaching and Learning Director Shin Jong-ho delivered a presentation on “Data Utilizing Education and Support System Assisting Student Success in Learning.” Director Shin provided information on “ATLAS” (the Ajou Teaching & Learning Analytics System), a data utilizing teaching and learning support system developed and adopted by Ajou University in 2014. The school has since analyzed data on learners and learning environments and supported the optimization of learning programs and environments. Director Shin also introduced “PASS” (Pathway to Ajou Student Success) which offers data utilizing curricular and extracurricular learning pathways tailored to the attributes students need. In addition, the session offered information on the AI-based adaptive learning platform recently developed and researched by Ajou University, known as “ALEKS.” The Aju University has gone on to develop this global platform further to support learning designed for individual students. “There is a meaningful correlation between lessons utilizing the AI platform and academic achievement,” said Director Shin. “Subjects that facilitate greater interaction in lessons using this system had a higher correlation index with academic achievement.” He added that thorough preparation and implementation by instructors and practical support from and the establishment of goals and vision on the utilization of AI by the university, as well as cooperation between the university and its departments, among other things, were vital to tailoring the speed and level of education for each student and to expand interaction in a course designed around individualized learning. This was followed by a lecture entitled, “A Model for High-intensity Interaction-centered General Education and Cases of Its Operation[KHTC6]” by Professor Ahn Ji-youn from Dasan University College, and a presentation by Han Gwang-hee, a student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, on participating in the University Innovation Support Program.
Ajou University Selected as the No. 1 Korean University in Nature Index 2021 Young Universities
Ajou University was included in the world’s top 150 young universities in the new universities assessment by the world-renowned scientific journal Nature. Ajou University ranked No. 1 among Korean universities (excluding science and technology institutes and research-centered universities) and No. 103 in the global ranking. On December 8, 2021, Nature announced the “Nature Index 2021 Young Universities” of universities for whom 50 or fewer years have passed since the foundation. In this assessment, Ajou University ranked No. 1 among four-year universities in Korea with having more than four affiliated departments in humanities, social studies, natural sciences, and engineering. It ranked 103rd among global education institutes. The Nature Index 2021 Young Universities targets universities up to 50 years old from among 750 leading education institutions around the world (determined according to the 2020 Nature Index) and calculates the contribution of researchers and affiliated institutions in theses published in 82 major international journals. Other domestic universities, KAIST (4th), POSTECH (8th), Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (9th), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (43rd), Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (77th), University of Ulsan (135th), and University of Science and Technology (139th) were also added to the list of the world’s leading young universities. The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) ranked 1st for the second consecutive year since the 2019 assessment, followed by the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) (2nd) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore (3rd). In addition to overall rankings, assessments were also conducted in the four fields of chemistry, earth and environmental science, bio-science, and physics. Ajou University ranked 66th in physics, which reaffirmed its competitiveness in the basic sciences.
Uzbekistan Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education Visits Ajou Univ. to Discuss Potential Cooperation
The Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of Uzbekistan visited Ajou University and discussed potential areas for cooperation in education. On December 16, 2021, a delegation headed by Uzbekistan’s Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education, Abdukodir Toshkulov, visited the Ajou University campus and met with President Park Hyung-ju and the university’s key executives. The two sides discussed cooperation in education, including the development of human resources, and the search for new areas of cooperation, such as energy. The Minister also met with Uzbekistan students studying at the University. This visit was arranged in relation to the official three-day state visit from December 16 by Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on invitation from Korean President Moon Jae-in. Minister Toshkulov will accompany the President during his stay in Korea. In February this year, the University signed an agreement with the Uzbekistan government and worked closely to pursue cooperation in the field of higher education. Recently, the Uzbekistan government has made many efforts to advance the country’s higher education, including actively attracting international universities.