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The Report on the Past Summer's Forein Study Tour

ongguk University (DU) has been conducting staff-training tours abroad since 1994. This summer, seven staff members came back from foreign-study tours at four universities including UCLA, University of Southern California, UC-Berkeley, and Pepperdine. They examined school affairs, administration procedure and educational and welfare facilities of each university and will determine how they can benefit. The following is the  report of a follow-up session of the program on Sept. 22.

■School Affairs and Administrations
At UCLA, School Authorities are offering various admission programs for selecting new students. Each of the UCLA colleges operates its own autonomous selecting system. "Around 50 - 60 percent of students are chosen by highschool grades and official tests, but more than one third of students are selected by their club activities, personalities, and personal essays," Park Kwang-ho, a staff member of Academic Support, explained.
Universities of California (UC) operate "Dual Admission Plan,"?which aids high-ranking but economically weak students. Once students take the community college courses that UC require of them,  admission to UC is possible. Besides, UC have kept a 25-40 percent quota for transfer students who graduate community colleges.
Park Sang-kwan, one of the study tour members, stressed the differences between scholarship systems. "At UCLA, many scholarships are assigned to students who work in the university, and it seems hard to find scholarships given to student council members as at DU."?

■School Facilities and Its Use
During the follow-up session, we learned, "The condition of school facilities at those universities are well prepared and user-based principles in carrying out school affairs are impressive.?
Operating Student Council rooms makes clear the differences between DU and UCLA. At UCLA, which has about 600 circles, a circulating system is common. Anyone who wants to use a meeting room has to reserve it before using it. In addition, dormitories that accommodate up to 8,500 students are equipped with physical training facilities like health centers and swimming pools.
"It is true that DU doesn't have enough place for establishing those facilities. Thus, transferring some buildings, such as the Computation Center, off campus being considered,?added Mr. Park.

Park Hyuk-sang, on the staff of Personal Administration, and a leader of the study tour, disclosed, "We planned to consider and put some principles and system of foreign universities into DU by adopting those systems.?It is expected to diversify the opportunities of the tour program in next semester.


Arranged by Cub-reporter Park Jin-seon

Park Jin-seon  justice21@hanimail.com

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