The future of KDI School lies in revitalizing the school’s education programs, thereby strengthening the curriculum in the midst of new challenges.
KDI School should distinguish itself from other graduate schools by reaffirming its strength in providing innovative education on public policy and research on economic development, according to the new President of Korea Development Institute (KDI) and KDI School.
President CHOI Jeong Pyo, formerly a Professor of Economics for the past 35 years, was inaugurated the President of KDI and KDI School in March. With a keen interest in Industrial Organization, Economics of Regulation, and International Trade, President CHOI has published notable books on Korean Chaebols.
In an interview with The Globe, President CHOI said the future of KDI School lies in revitalizing the school’s education programs, thereby strengthening the curriculum in the midst of new challenges brought up by the shifting environment of Sejong city. The current competition between higher education institutes in Sejong city has given the conversation new urgency.
President CHOI said that KDI School should move forward on making appropriate changes in the curriculum by revamping its master’s programs and increasing its doctoral programs targeting government officials in the Sejong and Daejon region. He also noted that full-time courses should be at the center of KDI School’s curriculum focus and part-time courses are there to complement full-time courses. In addition, President CHOI stressed that KDI School should meet the global standards of international higher education in terms of the faculty’s teaching and research.
KDI School was established in 1997 as the educational arm of Korea Development Institute, one of the first government-led research institutes in social sciences established to set the domestic and international agenda on economic and social development.
President CHOI concluded the interview by saying that it is time that KDI and the School worked together on a shared common goal of becoming partners in developing solutions to our stagnant economy. Our sustainable coexistence will be the stepping stone for a win-win relationship – KDI and KDI School benefiting from each other’s innovative education, impactful research, and result-oriented knowledge sharing.