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Increased student exchange between Denmark and South Korea

23.01.2018  02:58
The flow of students from higher education institutions in Denmark and South Korea has been increasing in recent years. To support and enhance this positive development the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and the Korean Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in 2016, which is providing students from both countries with new opportunities for exchange, allowing them to develop and expand their knowledge.

In practice, the MoU revolves around the Global Korea Scholarship Program (GKS) for Danish students, while Denmark opened its cultural agreements programme. The MoU was agreed upon in order to welcome talented Korean students at Danish educational institutions and likewise have Danish students developing their academic competences in a highly ambitious Korean context.

Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering (AAMS) is one out of many Danish higher education institutions that are experienced in receiving Korean students as well as sending Danish students to Korea. AMMS has for a number of years been collaborating with Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan in the southern part of South Korea.  

Anders who is a Danish student currently studying in Busan commented on his best experiences of studying in Korea: “Generally, the best thing about the exchange is the many possibilities you get. The semester in Korea is, with the help of our professor, very closely connected to the real business community. That means that visiting companies and interacting with them have a high priority. During these visits, we have a chance to get close to the companies and network at the same time. This also means that it is much easier to get an internship in Korea, if you are interested in that”.

The Korean student Aileen said: “In class, every assignment is group work. They always use laptops instead of books and pens. Every process of course is computerized so the examinations and reports are handed in on the internet. They can call the teachers by their own name not status like "teacher" or "professor" because they have a horizontal relationship compared to hierarchical Korean culture. They do not hesitate to ask questions in class. They do not call the students' names before starting the class because students are responsible for their own work. In Korea, teachers check the presence of students in class and they scold them if they do not concentrate in class”.

Anders added in on the different culture and teaching environment that he has been introduced to in Busan: “Korea is a nation with a very large maritime sector and this is also something that Denmark can boast of. Besides, I think we can learn a great deal from South Korea because they give a high priority to offshore and alternative fuels within the maritime industry”.

The exchanges between Danish and Korean students are highly rewarding for the students on various levels: academically, culturally and personally. However, the receiving institutions also benefits from these students, who are bringing in a different culture and new perspectives on both academia and everyday life.
The MoU signed in 2016 will support many more Danish and Korean students in fulfilling their dreams of developing and prospering through higher education exchanges in these two countries.   

For more information about the MoU and the granting opportunities for Danish and Korean students please see this link: https://ufm.dk/en/education-and-institutions/programmes-supporting-cooperation-and-mobility/the-cultural-agreements-programme

For the full interview with the two students from AMMS, please see this link: http://campus.aams.dk/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=42048  

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