UST replaces “Newcomers' Odyssey” with online classes to respond to the COVID-19 crisis

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UST replaces “Newcomers' Odyssey”

with online classes to respond to the COVID-19 crisis


 To address the present situation in which COVID-19 continues to spread, the University of Science and Technology (UST) will provide all courses of its preliminary training program for new students ("Newcomers' Odyssey") via online video classes for 24 days beginning July 27, continuing its tradition of providing introductory education to nurture talented future scientists.

 Since 2016, UST has provided education for new students, focusing on improving their abilities in science, liberal arts, and practical application before admission. The education includes basic science, humanities, and research ethics education, as well as university introduction and academic guidance, to prepare new students to become leaders of future science and technology. Taking into account the fact that UST campuses are scattered throughout South Korea, it also offers several programs to maximize networking among students during the education period.

 Unlike short-term orientation courses at other graduate schools in Korea, the long-term training courses at UST represent a new educational experiment designed to cultivate future science and technology talents. These courses, eight of which have been held over the last four years, have trained about 1,200 new students. This has led to the enhancement of new students’ basic science capabilties and their early adaptation to the campus research environment.

 To deliver this courses, UST has uploaded external or self-produced content on the UST Learning Management System (LMS) for lectures that can be replaced by online content in common subjects and core courses.

 In addition, due to the characteristics of science and technology education, questions and answers about professional and technical content and lectures related to practice will be conducted separately via real-time video classes. This is meant to overcome the disadvantages of existing online lectures, which are unidirectional and lack interaction.

 To produce practical, creative, individuals capable of solving the problems of the contemporary world, the courses will discuss AI, which is a basic competency of the 4th Industrial Revolution. In addition, training will be provided in humanities, covering such topics as leadership, communication, and personality development. UST will also strengthen education on research planning and management, entrepreneurship, and intellectual property rights. To help foreign students adapt quickly to the new environment, UST will also provide intensive Korean language education during the training period.

 In addition, professors, teaching assistants, and administrative assistants for each online class will check students’ attendance and learning progress both online and offline, facilitating students’ progress in the courses while dealing directly with technical obstacles.

 This course will be attended by 126 new students from 23 national research institutes, including the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). The 47 foreign students among the participants come from 18 different countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, and Ethiopia.    

 “The development of future society depends on science and technology, and nurturing talented individuals is essential to the development of science and technology,” said UST President Ieehwan KIM. “Our important task is therefore to nurture talented individuals―who will lead industrial technology and drive the development of science and technology―by providing university education.” He added, “We will work to establish this education as a new educational model to cultivate global science and technology talent after the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 UST is a graduate school that cultivates outstanding individuals in the area of science technology by granting educational functions for 32 national research institutes in Korea. It fosters the development of professionals in the field of science and technology by granting educational functions to 32 national research institutes, including the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology (KRIBB), and the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST). The long-term goal of UST is to cultivate scientific and technological talent in fields that are especially in demand by industry as well as the by country and the world as a whole by actively opening majors in such fields and discovering fields for future education.