Korea is known today as a high-tech society. Especially, information technology (IT) is making good progress with the wide-spread use of computers and mobile phones. The term "IT" is widely used because most new technologies involve IT, which offers humans a more comfortable life. For this reason, some universities have opened IT-related courses like e-Business (e-Biz) department and Management Information System (MIS) department................................Ed.
DU had an early interest in IT and opened Major of Information Systems (IS) at College of Business Administration in 1985. In 2002, an e-Biz Major was offered. IS and e-Biz moved from College of Business Administration to college of MIS. The IS Department has a systemic curriculum and many faculty members. The employment rate for IT graduates is 60% in the IT-related field. Seven professors and some part-time lecturers teach at MIS. Compare with other universities, which have 3 to 5 professors, it is an ideal number. DU can supply stabled and subdivided lectures because of plenty of faculty.
Nonetheless, students complain of an unstable Internet system and lack of practice places. IT is inseparably related with computers and computers need space. But, DU suffers from a lack of campus space.
"To be hired as an IT consultant, a person should have common state-of-the-art knowledge," said Kim young-bum, head of an IT company. A big problem is keeping up with the fast of progress. It is so fast that the schools follow the industry's progress. After students take course to operate a program, the program often isn't in use when they graduate. So, they have to be retrained.
Many universities have started to offer IT subjects. This has increased competition; so, DU can't maintain its high position in the field. We need to look at some successful cases to get ideas on how to improve DU's competitive power.
Width and depth
Various subjects enable students to broaden their knowledge. But they don't get the deep knowledge they want. The University of British Columbia (UBC)'s course pursues both the depth and diversity. UBC offers 3 to 4 classes each semester and the contents are changed every semester. When they started the department, they had a lot of lectures. It caused confusion among their students. Soon, UBC decided to reduce the number of classes and to specialize. The UBC professors stay on the cutting edge of technology by introducing new technology so their students can keep pace with the IT field.
Generally, a school's educational system should follow steps that are suitable for each grade. Yonsei University follows a systemic curriculum. Freshman, for example, study primary knowledge about whole subjects. In the sophomore year, students are required to apply primary skills when using computer programs, such as Microsoft Power Point, Excel and Adobe Photoshop. Juniors receive more practical education for the real world. And seniors focus on running an It company. They master Enterprise Resource Planning, Information System and so on. These subjects can be understood through a knowledge acquired in the pre-courses. This curriculum was designed from advanced IT nations. By following the step-by-step process, students can complete the given courses without difficulties.
Kookmin University (KU) adopted a wide-range internet system through the whole campus. This system enables computer-users to un-connected Internet not to mention that it helps to establish a stable Internet system. In a nutshell, a stable system helps when students practice. KU is known for its specialized section; they run Business IT college and e-Biz college. Usually, other universities run the IT course within a management college or an engineering college. Being managed individually brings a good result, specialization. Now, more than ten 10 professors belong to these departments.
D group sponsors Ajou University (AU). When they opened the MIS college, D group gave them a chance to have industrial-academic cooperation. Of course, financial sponsorship is important. But, to produce men of professionalism, industrial-academic cooperation required. Through cooperation with the group, AU students had internship training. They gained more investments after opening the first IT related cyber-graduate school.
In AU's curriculum, many business management classes were founded. "To be an IT man, students need to background in management," said Kim Kyoung-jae, a DU professor. As we have seen, AU is doing this in their new department.
DU has advantages in that IT-related courses are managed separately from other colleges and the courses were offered other universities offered courses. But this doesn't guarantee a dominant position. DU was an early leader in offering IT courses. DU should continue to lead.
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