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May 6, 2011

KAIST fell into panic

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 3:34 am

1.glossary
• KAIST(noun):Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
• president(noun):the person in charge of a company or organization
• disciplinary(adjective):inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment
• tuition(noun):money that you pay for being taught, especially at college of university
• frustration(noun): the condition of being frustrated annoyed because things are not happening in the way that you want, or in the way that they should
• oppression(noun): the condition of having something lying heavily on one’s mind, imagination, etc
• fundamental(adjective): serious and very important; affecting the most central and important parts of something
• reform(noun): the improvement or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory
• superficial(adjective): not studying or looking at something thoroughly; seeing only what is obvious

#What happend?
KAIST(Korea Advanced Institute of Scinece and Technology) fell into panic.
Four of its students committed suicide this year one after another.
Its ‘disciplinary tuition system’ and poor students welfare policy become controversial.
Since Suh Nam-pyo become KAIST’S president in 2006,
he has made many reforms including ‘disciplinary tuition system’,
but many its students say that it gave them more frustration and feelings of oppression about studying.

#What were the problems?
?Suh Nam-pyo’s impractical plan
Since he become president, he demanded that whole classes be held in English for the improvement of student’s English ability.
Because of this, most professors and students complained that it makes classes not only difficult but also superficial.
But even more controversial is the problem of his ‘disciplinary tuition system’.
As all of KAIST’s students have national scholarships, they didn’t have to pay any tuition.
But after he introduced this system, students who do not get certain grade have to pay whole tuitions and it made them more and more competitive.
Needless to say, students who did not get scholarship fall in big depression.

President Suh

KAIST's disciplinary tuition system

#Stand point of KAIST and its students
About this situation, president Suh said about this situation that “to have high-quality students, competition is inevitable and prestigious universities’s students have to overcome pressure”.
In response to this statement, students said that “KAIST and president Suh are still not thinking about this situation seriously.
they have to start reform to prevent more tragedy. We demand fundamental reformation”

"We are not happy in this school anymore" a hand written poster at KAIST

3.reference
[1]http://blog.naver.com/akdmacndwjs?Redirect=Log&logNo=126500804
[2]http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/04/07/2011040700434.html
[3]http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2011/04/05/2011040502425.html
[4]http://blog.naver.com/likeman09?Redirect=Log&logNo=120127496104&topReferer=http://cafeblog.search.naver.com&imgsrc=20110408_225/likeman09_1302237313035cY9yE_JPEG/zk.jpg

4.discussion questions
• Do you think KAIST’s ‘disciplinary tuition system is resonable? why, or why not?

–> Do you think KAIST’sdisciplinary tuition system” is reasonable? Why or why not?

• Do you want all classes to be in English why, or why not?

–> Do you want all classes to be in English? Why or why not?

• Are you satisfied with your school’s welfare policies? why, or why not?

–> Are you satisfied with your school’s welfare policies? Why or why not?

• Do you think that university’s basic function is to make competitive students?
why, or why not?

–> Do you think that a university’s basic function is to make competitive students? Why or why not?

5.group members
Class# 157, Group# 5
1.이지영
2.김혜영
3.박우현
4.김종훈

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Teacher’s Note:

I have chosen the following three vocabulary items to be on Written Test #2:

1. disciplinary: (adjective):inflicting or aiming to inflict punishment

2. frustration(noun): the condition of being annoyed because things are not happening in the way that you want, or in the way that they should

3. superficial(adjective): not studying or looking at something thoroughly; seeing only what is obvious

I have chosen the following discussion question to be on the Final Speaking Test.

– Do you think that a university’s basic function is to make competitive students? Why or why not?

Remember to stress it properly.

– Do you think that a university’s basic function is to make competitive students? Why or why not?

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