[WORD_ON_THE_WEB] “We need a system of regional university quotas”

The government aims to expand the study of semiconductors in Korean universities.

President Yoon Suk-yeol stressed at a cabinet meeting on June 7 that the Ministry of Education should diligently help nurture talented experts in the field of semiconductors.

Prime Minister Han Duk-soo said, “The government feels the need to increase the number of students in universities in the capital and other regions. The relevant departments are discussing the exact scale of the expansion.

Opening or expanding a university was impossible in the capital areas due to the Seoul Metropolitan Area Readjustment Planning Law.

The Ministry of Education plans to revise the law to legalize the opening of new departments and the expansion of existing ones.

However, there are fears that the plan will accelerate the regional bias between the capital and non-capital areas.

“It is right to enlarge the prestigious universities first. They should be first in line in the positive feedback loop.
“We should first develop universities in the capital region. This is where talented people go.

“If there are industry-related departments in universities located in non-core areas, many more students will want to come to these schools.”
“We need a regional quota system. Students who achieve good grades in universities in the capital region are also hard-working individuals.

“We are not short of manpower, we are short of talented individuals.
“The industry needs more young semiconductor experts who are more knowledgeable than an undergraduate.”

BY LEE SI-YEOUNG, YOO JI-WOO [[email protected]]

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