First, regional governments should designate ‘foreign talent-specialized education internationalization zones’ and establish step-by-step strategies, such as attracting overseas talent and connecting them with education and employment, in connection with regional development strategies. In addition, we systematically support activities to attract international students, such as discovering local demand for studying abroad by promoting the establishment of ‘International Student Attraction Centers’ within overseas Korean Education Centers.
Meanwhile, we are reviewing the reform of the education internationalization competency certification system and continuing to break down regulatory obstacles that limit universities' ability to attract international students, such as the university academic system.
Universities, local companies, and local governments together form an ‘Overseas Talent Attraction Strategy Team (TF)’ to establish a regionally customized strategy covering everything from attracting international students to academic and career planning under the Regional Innovation-Oriented University Support System (RISE).
At the academic stage, Korean language education and Korean culture understanding education are significantly strengthened by designating 'regional Korean language centers' in connection with universities or local governments, and opportunities for career exploration, such as expanding field training hours and expanding job training (internship) areas while attending school. provides.
Meanwhile, we foster talent that will lead the growth of local industries, from practical talent to research talent in each field, such as shipbuilding and root industries, and support employment connections.
By expanding the Global Korea Scholarship (GKS) project and expanding financial support to attract overseas researchers to the country, we will strategically attract outstanding talent from overseas, focusing on high-tech and new industries.
In addition, we develop and distribute customized courses such as expansion of English lectures, academic writing, and research ethics to ensure that English-speaking students do not have difficulties in academic performance. While encouraging domestic employment through support for job placement at mid-sized and small and medium-sized companies after graduation, the ‘Fast Track System for Science and Technology Talents*’ will be implemented in earnest to encourage overseas talent with a master’s or doctoral degree in science and technology to settle in the country.
* Simplification of the process and period from obtaining a master's or doctoral degree to obtaining a permanent residence or naturalization visa (5 steps, 6 years → 3 steps, 3 years)
We will develop and distribute digital Korean language textbooks by level so that you can easily learn Korean anywhere, and reorganize the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) to a digital basis. In addition, we will expand the base for studying abroad by expanding exchanges with overseas youth and restructuring official development assistance (ODA) for education.
In addition, we will strengthen the provision of scholarships, academic and employment-related information to overseas students interested in studying abroad to help them plan their future from the preparation stage for studying abroad, and form a consultative body centered on the Deputy Prime Minister of Social Affairs and Finance to form a foundation for organically linking projects of each ministry related to international students. Build.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Lee Joo-ho said, “Through this plan, we expect positive effects such as revitalizing the local economy, securing competitiveness in high-tech fields, and strengthening the global competitiveness of universities,” adding, “The talent that is essential for our society will be able to contribute to the local community through studying in Korea.” “We will do our best to communicate with the field and provide institutional support so that it can be established,” he said.