[Round Table]

what is the choice of Korean universities in the era of acceleration of university innovation?
  • Sung Jae Park

    Research Fellow at the Korean Educational Development Institue (KEDI)

    Dr. Sung Jae Park is research fellow at the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI). His research focus on Asian Studies in the areas of Education, Law, Science, and Technology. Dr. Park has published several books, articles, and essays including Korean Taxation (Seoul: Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers 5th ed. 2015), International Taxation in Korea (Amazon Kindle: S&B House 2013), and Business Taxation (Seoul: Pouvoir Economic Institute 2011). Trained in Law, Economics, Education, Politics, and Engineering, Dr. Park holds an LL.B. and a Ph.D. in Law from Korea University, an LL.M. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, an M.S. and a Ph.D. (ABD) in Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), an M.A. in Economics from Sogang University, an MPA from Seoul National University, an M.A. in International Policy from the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, and an MBA from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. He is also a trained negotiator from Harvard Law School. Before becoming a research scholar, he had served as Assistant Secretary to the President for Political Affairs and for Education at the Blue House. He taught at the Korea University School of Law and the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea. During the 2018-2020 academic year, Dr. Park was a visiting scholar at the East-West Center, Hawaii and the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
  • Dongseok Kim

    Professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management

    Dr. Dongseok Kim is a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea since 2017. At KDI School, he has been teaching economic growth, input-output analysis, and quantitative methodology. Before he joined KDI School, he was a fellow at the Korea Development Institute (KDI), a think tank for social and economic policy research, for 20 years, and worked in the fields of long-term forecasting, input-output analysis, and so on. He obtained his BA and MA in economics from Yonsei University in Korea and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in USA.
  • Minki Kim

    Associate Professor at KAIST College of Business

    Dr. Minki Kim is an Associate Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He joined KAIST College of Business after receiving his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 2011. Having been trained as an empirical IO (industrial organization) economist with a keen interest in big data analytics, he has research interests in the changing nature of innovation (e.g., mobile technologies, AI-mediated communication) and its strategic use in the market.
    He has been communicating and working with scientists and engineers through research projects interconnected in terms of data sources and empirical methodology and therefore he naturally paid attention to collaboration and task delegation between human workers and artificial intelligence (AI) agents as well as their effect on market outcome. Over the past few years, in particular, he has collaborated with EdTech firms which introduced technology-based services aimed at shifting the educational landscape. Specifically, he has investigated whether AI can transform the teacher’s role by delivering personalized learning and reading to each individual student. He finds that technology overload could undermine teachers’ effective use of such AI-based program despite its highly accurate diagnostic ability and ready availability. From an additional randomized controlled trial utilizing the AI-based tutoring service, he finds that tasks involving direct interaction with students may not be effectively delegated to AI because of teachers’ underestimation of the AI agent’s competence. Because teachers insufficiently delegate such tasks, however, students’ functional needs (i.e., test scores) are incompletely satisfied. On the other hand, delegation of such tasks to AI agents, which are relatively less capable of satisfying students’ emotional needs (i.e., human touch), can reduce students’ satisfaction. This shows the importance of building emotional connections and relationships with students who directly face AI-mediated communications.
    His research works have been acclaimed in several disciplines, and he has had twenty-seven papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

    Ph.D., M.A. in Economics, The University of Chicago, U.S.A.
    B.A. in Economics, Seoul National University, Korea
  • Sanghoon Bae

    Professor in the Department of Education at Sungkyunkwan University

    Sang Hoon Bae is Professor at the Department of Education and Vice President for student affairs in the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU). Before joining in the faculty, he served as Assistant Secretary to the President for Education in the Office of the President. Professor Bae also has sixteen-year experience in the Korean Ministry of Education. He has held positions in various parts of the Ministry, including Director in the International Cooperation Team and in the After-school Policy Planning Team. He completed both Ph. D. and MS degree in Workforce Education and Development (WFED) from the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) in 2006 and 2004, respectively and earned a BA in Ethics Education from the Seoul National University in Korea. His current research interests focus on education reform policy, student success in higher education, and human resources development (HRD) at the national level. He is editor in chief of International Journal for Research on Extended Education. His recent publications appear in many internationally recognized journals.
  • Hye-Jung Lee

    Director General at the Institute for Education and Innovation

    Dr. Hye-Jung Lee amounted her expertise in education as the Director of e-Learning and a research professor of Center for Teaching and Learning at Seoul National University(SNU), and a specially appointed associate professor at Hokkaido University in Japan. After finishing her Ph.D. in Educational Technology at SNU, Lee visited 25 top research universities as a SNU delegation representative and interviewed senior-level administrators who are in charge of the quality of university education and technology-enhanced learning. After conducting collaborative research on learning differences between the East and the West at the University of Michigan, Lee found the Institute for Education and Innovation(IEI) in Korea. Recently as the Director of IEI, Lee has directed several research projects on reforming education with assessment for critical and creative competency upon request of Seoul, Jeju, Daegu, Chungnam Provincial Office of Education respectively. Lee is more widely known as the author of provocative books, [Who gets an A+ at Seoul National University?] and [Exams in Korea], both of which received prominent media spotlight. Other various papers, columns, keynotes, and invited speeches of Lee on the quality education system are disseminated globally.
  • Doh-Yeon Kim

    Professor emeritus of Seoul National University, and the Chairperson of Ulsan Education Foundation

    Dr. Kim is a professor emeritus of Seoul National University, and the Chairperson of Ulsan Education Foundation. He worked for the Korean government as the Minister of education and science and technology and the Chairman of national science and technology council. He was also the president of University of Ulsan from 2008 to 2011, and POSTECH (Pohang University of Science and Technology) from 2015 to 2019.