Special body to boost software-oriented universities

The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning will establish a special committee to foster university-level software education as part of its drive to produce more software specialists, writes Lee Min-hyung for The Korea Times.

The committee, which will be established late this year, will serve as a venue to build closer ties between universities and companies to get the nation's software education on par with global standards, the ministry said. "The nation's software industry is losing competitiveness, largely due to a lack of professional manpower," Minister Choi Yang-hee said during a press conference with university presidents at Sogang University in Sinchon, central Seoul, recently.

Last month the ministry named eight institutions as software-oriented universities, pledging to invest KRW2 billion (US$1.7 million) in them annually. Forty universities across the nation previously applied for the government-led software education project. The ministry also unveiled a plan to select 20 software-oriented universities by 2019.
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