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Subject[KDI] 2020 Summer Program for International University Scholars

Global Knowledge Exchange and Development Center (GKEDC)

2020 Summer Program for International University Scholars


GKEDC is launching its third summer program for international university scholars seeking policy insights and knowledge sharing in international development. During this four-week program, we will meet to explore specific cases from Korea’s development history, outline key lessons and share relevant knowledge from your country’s experience. We will focus on one of Korea’s key educational policies, the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which largely contributed to Korea’s industrial development. The theme for this summer program will be grounded in Korea as a ‘Knowledge-Based Economy’, which will provide the insights and a perspective about the development where participants from various countries may apply to their country case studies. The program will also provide opportunities to meet and engage with practitioners from many other countries. As a final output, you will submit an original knowledge product linked to education strategies supporting the industrial development policies in your country. At the closing ceremony, you will give a presentation to your peers as well as KDI-affiliated development experts. A certificate will be awarded to the participants who attend 80% of the program and submit the final knowledge product.


Course Synopsis

The Republic of Korea has experienced rapid and sustained economic growth over the past 70 years. This summer program is designed to provide pragmatic policy lessons drawn from the main engines of Korea's knowledge-based growth, which will explain an economy and how it becomes a knowledge economy when the sustained use and creation of knowledge are at the center of its economic development processes. 


Program Overview

-Date: August 6th to August 27th (Every Thursday for four weeks)

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the schedule is subject to change. If it does, you will be notified by email the last week of July.

-Location: Global Knowledge Exchange and Development Center (GKEDC)

47 Hoegi-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul (13 minutes from Korea University Station-exit 3)

-Participants: Class size limited to 30 international university students currently pursuing a graduate degree at Korean universities. By invitation only, following the application process.

-Compensation: This is an unpaid summer program designed for your professional development.

-Meals: Lunch and refreshments will be provided at every session.

-Transportation: GKEDC will not provide transportation.



-Increased understanding of Korea’s economic development through facilitated sessions, expert sessions, peer-to-peer discussions, and interactive activities based on Korea as a Knowledge-Based Economy case-studies.

-Increased exposure to the international development cooperation field and knowledge sharing experience by participating in other KDI-sponsored learning programs


Sample Format

10:00 AM-Noon

Expert Session / Korean Case Review




Discussion / Activities / Site Visit




Weekly Schedule (subject to change)

Week 1

(August 6)


- Introducing KDI, GKEDC and the International   Education and Cooperation team

- Getting to know your peers

- Facilitated Session

Week 2

(August 13)

Case 1: Korea’s Industrial Development

Week 3

(August 20)

Case 2: Korea’s Education Strategy aligned with its   Industrial Development

Week 4

(August 27)

Closing Ceremony

- Presentation of class participant’s case studies

- Feedback from experts and peers

- Award certificate’s ceremony



Driving Questions (Examples)

- What were the driving forces of Korea’s economic development?

- How did the Korean government set policy priorities and objectives for its industrial development?

- How did the Korean government align its education strategy with industrial development?


How to Apply

: Please submit the following documents via e-mail to GKEDC International Education and Cooperation team. (gkedci@kdi.re.kr) by July 24 (Friday)

(1) Completed application form

(2) An English application Statement of Purpose essay (300-words maximum)


*Please refer to the attached file.


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