First off, Kyung Hee Cyber University held its enrollment fair on August 1st in Orange County and on August 2nd in Los Angeles, in the hopes of acquainting Koreans in America with the latest advancements in cyber universities and new opportunities to acquire an academic degree.
In conjunction with the success of the enrollment fair, president Park Kun-woo, Kyung Hee Cyber University, noted: "I saw there distinctive possibilities in addition to aggressive and positive response from Koreans in the continent of America."
Although Koreans have doubted the progress of cyber university education in the past, their awareness of cyber university education began to change from last year in direct proportion to recent IT growth, Park said.
A total of 300 persons among KHCU students are overseas residents, of which 45% are receiving lectures in the United States and Canada currently.
Encouraged by clear possibilities in America, KHCU is expecting to hold the Cyber University's enrollment fair in Europe as well. To that end, President Park himself sounded out such a possibility on-the-scene by taking part in a cyber education conference which took place in Europe at the end of September this year, in which 600 experts from 35 countries participated.
Park said KHCU wants to attach slight discrimination to its European enrollment fair on the assumption that there are many collaborating councils between online education institutions in Europe and online education.
As regarding KHCU's further internationalization education plan, selected as a remote university differentiation project by the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development (MOE), KHCU has developed an online Korean language course program for foreigners for the first time among Cyber Universities in Korea.
Accordingly right now, KHCU is driving forward international exchange with its counterpart universities in Vietnam, Mongolia, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, the United States, Europe and Japan by providing them with a Korean language education program.
KHCU constructed a KHCU Study Hall in Mongolia's Ulan Bator University and four universities in the Philippines -- PCST, PUP, COC and NORSU -- to support and utilize its Korean language education program.
A blended education system
The university's President, who also served as Korean Ambassador to the United States, said: "Famous offline universities also find it difficult to catch up with the IT education level of a new age if they are not blended with online universities." In the case of KHCU, the Cyber University is currently cutting back on expenses, but Kyung Hee is still strong enough to build its new IT Hall soon, Park spoke.
KHCU's two pillars are to forge best quality's education contents and beyond this and to improve such education content level to be able to meet customer demand, he said.
He seemed to have a firm belief in growth potential of the Cyber Universities, especially in the case of KHCU. He said that Kyung Hee was ranked as the most excellent Cyber University across the entire six scopes in a remote university assessment announced by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development last July.
According to this synthetic assessment outcome, Kyung Hee, Seoul and Hanyang Cyber University have been selected to be the most excellent online universities. This was based on a study with a total of 95 assessment indexes of six scopes -- education plans; classes; human resources; material resources; management and administration; and education performance.
A total of eight cyber universities which have received medial or improvement demand assessment will receive reassessment next year. As Kyung Hee was selected in its remote university differentiation project, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development is expected to support approximately 140 million won (US$15.10 million) for KHCU's internationalization education plan by next year, according to Park.
Thanks to an excellent series of recent external and internal performances, Park proudly said that Kyung Hee was awarded as the first position in the category in Cyber University brand in the First Brand Award 2007 held at the Hotel Shilla on September 20. The First Brand Award 2007 survey has been enforced over one week from August 14 to 21 this year under the joint auspices of the Korea Economic Daily and Korean Customer's Forum to select the top brand in each field.
In conjunction with this First Brand Award 2007 selection, president Park explains: "This means that Kyung Hee Cyber University's brand image was deeply impressed on peoples' mind, striking root as a representative brand image in a determined manner among domestic online universities."
A question of time
In connection with the outlook of Cyber University in the years to come, Park looks ahead, saying: "Actually, online university can supplement everything with relation to offline shortcomings, that is, it is possible for students to study anytime and anywhere in Cyber University, and further up to making reference or making a question anytime."
In that regard, Park forecasts that a blended education's age will come sooner or later in which offline goes with online together by being blended each other. So he said established offline universities will fall behind in a unlimited competition race if they don't join such blended system with online university education.
Park stressed that with such a piercing eye on blended education system, Kyung Hee Cyber University commenced already 7 years ago a frontrunner work of online university education with 4 Departments such as Department of Creative Arts and Media, Department of e-Business, Department of Digital Art and Design, and Department of Cyber NGO.
In a nutshell, he emphasized over and over again: "It will be difficult for prestigious offline universities also to catch up with IT education level of a new age if they don't mix with online."
Furthermore, Kyung Hee Cyber University has its big cutting-edge to be able to share offline curriculum with Kyung Hee University within one campus. It is said that more many Kyung Hee offline university students take a course at Kyung Hee Cyber University, according to the persons concerned who sat together for a special interview with Park.
A series of such curriculum exchange is a process, which goes into a blended education system for Kyung Hee Cyber University, Park said. He introduced that the popularity of Cyber University is becoming higher rapidly in recent years, adding that in the case of Kyung Hee Cyber University, the Department of Social Welfare among others has posted a matriculation competition rate of 44 to 1 for this spring semester.
Full of confidence, president Park concluded that it is a question of time before the Excellence of Kyung Hee Cyber University becomes famous all over the world.