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We should make an effort
In October, Joong-ang Daily evaluated universities by  standards and reported top 28 schools. After that, many universities complained, and then each university president announced new ways in order to improve his university.  Students were anxious to check the rank of their school.
Joong-ang Daily started evaluating universities in 1994 to provide students and their parents with exact information about the schools.  They evaluated based on 50 different aspects of university education.  The evaluation was made on the basis of the opinions of academic experts.  Study and education are regarded as the main duties of universities, and only experts in the field can adequately evaluate quality and standards.  Part of the evaluation included the publications of the university professors.  The general abilities of the students were also used as measurement of quality.  Jooong-ang Daily also surveys the number of foreign professors and let students know how international their universities were becoming.
The evaluations made a hard attack to DGU.  This issue was raised on the D-yeon, an online community of Donggukians.  Recently, Oh Yeong-gyo, the President of DGU, also announced plans on the future of DGU on an online bulletin board on DGU's homepage.  "Evaluating universities is not a choice but the obligation of universities in Korea," he said.  DGU ranked 28th both this and last year.  He was nervous about  the rank of DGU and guessed that the issue of Shin Jung Ah's false scholarship might have influenced the present image of DGU.  The president Oh also said "It is difficult to see any change in the short-term," and added "But we should continue to make an effort through self-examination."
This is our present situation and we should make an effort to change our position in the rankings.  Professors should recognize their educational responsibilities and Donggukians should study harder and harder.  DGU must work towards a better learning environment.  If this change does not come to DGU, our future will not be a bright one.

Kwak Gyu-ryeong reporter  ryeong@dongguk.edu

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