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After-Development DynamicsSouth Korea's Contemporary Engagement with Asia$
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Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.001.0001

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A pathway of knowledge transfer from Korea to Asian countries

A pathway of knowledge transfer from Korea to Asian countries

Korea’s policies on foreign-born students in science and engineering

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(p.201) 11 A pathway of knowledge transfer from Korea to Asian countries
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After-Development Dynamics
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Jungbu Kim

Seong Soo Oh

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.003.0011

This chapter explores the possibility of knowledge transfer from South Korea to neighboring Asian countries through incoming Asian students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Korea is aggressively trying to attract foreign students and the share of foreign students in STEM fields is increasing. However, the majority of graduates tend to return home upon completion of their degrees. The Korean case discussed offers a series of interpretations and policy directions. First, the problem of brain drain does not exist since returnees transfer better technical skills and tap into networks built while studying in Korea. Second, the higher rate of return casts some doubt on the unfavorable living and studying environment in Korea for foreigners since the foreign student population is increasing. Third, to nurture professional–technical networking between Asian alumni and their connections in Korea, this chapter suggests more active efforts be made through cooperative research projects.

Keywords:   Asian students, brain networking, foreign students, higher education, knowledge transfer, STEM, rate of return

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