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Post catch-up innovation and development of creative talent in Korea : Limitations and challenges

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  • Post catch-up innovation and development of creative talent in Korea
  • Seong, Jieun; Kim, Wangdong
  • Science and Technology Policy Institute


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Title Post catch-up innovation and development of creative talent in Korea
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Limitations and challenges

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Seong, Jieun; Kim, Wangdong

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Seoul:Science and Technology Policy Institute

Date 2010-09
Journal Title; Vol./Issue STI Policy Review:vol.1(no.3)
Pages 14
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
Holding Science and Technology Policy Institute

Abstract

Korea faces challenges from the recent development catch-up countries and the absence of
catch up incentives. For Korea to solve the issue of post catch-up problems and create a new
development path based on creative innovation, there is an urgent need to secure a system
design capability for the production of creative knowledge and talent that can create a competitive
society. However, the conservative inclination and a lack of a customer-oriented
attitude of Korean universities and professors leads to a standardization of talent and a passive
restructuring of the curriculum by universities instead of a direct correspondence with
the demands of companies and society. The compatibility of Korean university education
with the demands of society remains the lowest in the world and creative education in Korea
faces a difficult situation. The world is transforming from a knowledge-based economy to a
creativity-based economy and a competitive society will led by creativity, not by knowledge.
The success of a country in nurturing creative talent will determine its future national competitiveness.
For Korea to be become a global leader in the new era of creativity, it needs to
make proactive preparations. It is imperative for Korea to transform the educational system
from the previous cramming system to a creativity-nurturing system.

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