On November 22nd, a signing ceremony between the College of Buddhist Studies of Dongguk University and the Administrative Headquarter of the Jogye Order was held at Lotus Hall of Main Hall. It was about opening courses for administration of religious affairs.
As a result of the agreement, students of the Division of Buddhist Studies who want to get a job at temple offices can take related lectures from next semester. There will be three new lectures named “Thoughts of Korean Seon and Jogye Order,” “Temple Management and Administration of Religious Affairs,” and “Understanding Buddhist Culture” which are only open to students majoring in Buddhist Studies.
If students take the courses, it will work as an advantage when they look for an employment. Furthermore, when they are employed to the temple offices, they can be exempt from the temple office’s education program which is supposed to be mandatory in order to start working. This is possible as the lectures consisted of the curriculum of the education program conducted at temple offices.
Jung Dong-hyun, the teaching and learning section chief of the College of Buddhist Studies, said, “Thanks to the agreement, we can expect to see an increased employment rate of the undergraduates in the College of Buddhist Studies. Moreover, it will help students who want to work at temple offices be employed and make them adapt to their future job easily.”
Lee Yoon-seok, the chairperson of the General Student Council (GSC) of the College of Buddhist Studies, made a comment, “Previously, there were limits for the students in the Division of Buddhist Studies when it came to employment problems after they graduated. Yet, the agreement will allow them to gain a job more easily."
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