The Educational Foundations faculty in the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa College of Education has developed a new master’s-degree program targeted to the Asia-Pacific region. The program, titled “Global Perspectives on Educational Policy and Practice,” is designed to prepare educators and policy researchers and analysts for leadership in educational and research settings. This program will examine how globalization affects educational policy and practice in a multitude of ways from early childhood education through advanced graduate studies.
The courses in this 22-month program will focus on topical issues that are common to all educational systems and are appropriate for education professionals in diverse geographical locations. The online program features ongoing, synchronous discussions that permit continuous dialogue and inquiry among participants across the Pacific Ocean. While most of the assignments and lectures can be accessed by students on their own time, weekly discussions will bring everyone together. Classes are online and require a computer with a microphone, speaker, and a dedicated Internet link.
The Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies at Sungkyunkwan University is now accepting applications for advanced academic Korean language training in the 2016 summer session and the 2016–2017 academic year. The Inter-University Center is an advanced Korean language training institution for academic researchers, graduate students, and prospective researchers in Korean studies as well as related professionals. It is jointly operated by Sungkyunkwan University and the executive committee of the Inter-University Consortium, currently co-chaired by faculty from UCLA and the University of British Columbia.
The IUC academic-year program focuses on building basic academic vocabulary, developing presentation skills, and enhancing writing abilities. A separate intensive six-week program is offered during the summer. The summer session is designed for students needing to upgrade their skills before starting the fall semester; students seeking to build on what they have learned during the preceding spring semester; and students seeking to refresh their academic Korean.
Tuition is $5,000 per semester for students from IUC member universities and $7,500 per semester for students from non-member universities. For the summer program, $2,500 for students from IUC member universities and $4,000 for students from non-member universities. Scholarships will be offered to selected applicants on a competitive basis.
The University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom, has announced the establishment of a new, full-time, one-year M.A. program in North Korean Studies beginning in September 2015.
The program is described as an intensive course with a social science disciplinary foundation but giving students the option of following a social science, language, or mixed social science/Korean language pathway to a degree.
Yonsei University’s Winter Abroad at Yonsei program offers two short-term winter sessions for international students at its Sinchon campus from December 26, 2013 to February 12, 2014.
The program is open to all students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university as well as high school seniors who have been accepted to an accredited university.
Two separate three-week sessions are offered: December 26, 2013, to January 16, 2014, and January 21 to February 12, 2014. The program provides intensive morning coursework and afternoon classes in the Korean language or taekwondo.
The Graduate School of Korean Studies in the Academy of Korean Studies is now accepting applications for master’s and doctoral degree programs for 2014 spring semester. Tuition fees are fully waived for international students.