Why Are Developing Countries Come to YU?
Why Are Developing Countries Come to YU?
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Yeungnam University is attracting developing countries. In the 1970s, in Korea, the Saemaul Movement was started for economic growth. Because of this, Korea achieved the “miracle of the Han river” due to people working together. Now, many developing countries are coming to YU to achieve their own miracle. To solve this task of economic growth and improved quality of life, they are willing to come a long way to learn about the Saemaul Movement. Continually, YU has studied and educated about the Seamaul Movement. Going back in history, the Department of Community Development was created for nurturing highly qualified professionals in 1976. The Institute of Saemaul, completed in 1978, actively researched the Saemaul Movement. Recently, the Park Chung Hee Leadership School of Policy and Saemaul was completed and the education of the Seamaul Movement has been worked on actively since then. Because of these outcomes, YU is becoming the education center for the Saemaul Movement which has been acknowledged by many developing countries.1. Training purposes and goalsFirst, all in training participants of developing countries are here to study the Saemaul Movement’s purposes and goals. Their aim is to help propel and spread the Saemaul Movement’s business effectiveness relating to the agricultural working groups and their country’s leaders. Also, they offer policy ideas and strengthen their ability for community development. The goal of this program is to strengthen the ability of public officials and community leaders via the Saemaul Movement, to share experiences, to study with each other, and to draw actual applications from the Saemaul Movement. 2. Training schedule and coursePlan: Each country’s plan regarding the Saemaul Movement training is very similar. First of all, programs start with a welcome ceremony at KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency). After finishing their fundamental study at KOICA, they come to YU, attend lectures, and do a field study. The curriculum is largely composed of three sections: theory, field study, and country-action plan report. 1) Study theory: They study theories behind the Saemaul Movement along with examples and complete the mental education program for enhancing their minds and organization level. Also, there is theory which acquires examples of technology on how to increase income. They study productivity enlargement methods relating to agriculture, animal husbandry, ICT, and energy by introducing the appropriate techniques.2) Field study: They visit and experience outstanding towns, communities, and agricultural facilities related to the Saemaul Movement. In Gumi, most of them visit the President Park Chung Hee Memorial Hall, Samsung Electronics Smart Gallery, the Flower Export Complex. In Pohang, they visit the Memorial Park and POSCO. Also, they visit the Memorial Hall commemorating the birthplace of the Saemaul Movement in Cheong-do. A tour guide helps them during their field study.3) Country and action plan report: Each country has to do a country report first and then an action plan. They can share their experiences through the country report and attend lectures on strategies to establishing action plans. At the end of their training, they establish definite action plans and discuss how to use their own strategies when they go back to their countries. Then, their long training is finished. Interview with Park Seong-ho, the team leader of International Development Cooperation CenterQ) How does the International Development Cooperation Center construct an education course which is completed by participants who come from different developing countries?A) All training courses include overall basic principles of the Saemaul Movement from rural, social and economic development. Based on these related courses and on the target groups or participants from the differing countries, specific requirements are added. Finally, training is determined through discussion of the professors. After the lecture schedule is determined, they make a field of studies plan related to the topic. For instance, in the agricultural sector, participants gain experience by visiting agricultural technology centers, facilities farms, and agricultural businesses. Q) The Saemaul Movement training has been very successful since 2011. What do you think of YU’s unique advantages about the Saemaul Movement?A) Many developing countries are coming YU to learn about the Saemaul Movement. YU can be considered as the Mecca of the Saemaul Movement. The institution holds the Saemaul Movement-related system and continuously conducts education about the Saemaul Movement, research and running a business. These things are only available at YU. In addition, YU has many professors with extensive knowledge relating to the Saemaul Movement, and has systematizes the Saemaul Movement for a long time. I think YU also leads in promoting the recognition that the Saemaul Movement creates value in the future and it raises the status of Korea.Korea did not begin as a success story. In the dark past of poverty and hard times, the Saemaul Movement became a ray of light that still leads Korea until now. The current view of becoming a developed country through effective people-led community development and industry innovation has very large implications for developing countries. Now is the time for developing countries to take action. Developing countries who hope to become developed will benefit from a Saemaul Movement education at YU.

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