Education Department Eases Regulations in Aim to Increase Semiconductor Departments in Colleges

Education Department Eases Regulations in Aim to Increase Semiconductor Departments in Colleges

This photo shows students at a graduation ceremony held at Kyung Hee University in central Seoul on Wednesday. (Yonhap)

The Ministry of Education will lift restrictions on student quotas at universities as part of its drive to develop more talent in the semiconductor field. The move, aimed at encouraging universities to open or expand related departments from 2024, is part of the Yoon Suk-yeol administration’s plans to add 150,000 people to the industry’s workforce. of the country’s semiconductors over a 10-year period.

On Wednesday, the ministry said it would give notice of an implementing decree that includes revisions to the Higher Education Act and the Private Schools Act, lifting some restrictions on universities.

The implementing decree will allow universities to relax the student quota for semiconductor-related departments as long as they allocate enough faculty to semiconductor-related departments.

While colleges had to meet several criteria — including the amount of land covered by a campus and the assets owned by the university — to increase the student quota, they will now be able to expand the limit for semi-related departments. -conductors as long as they meet departmental standards regarding faculty members.

Under the new measure, universities and colleges will be able to create or expand semiconductor-related departments if they can allocate enough faculty.

The ministry, however, said it would also look at other details, such as university facilities and infrastructure.

For national universities, the government will also ease the restriction on the number of full-time teachers needed, lowering the rate from 80% to 70%.

The move came amid complaints from universities about a lack of professors in the semiconductor industry willing to take full-time jobs in schools. The ministry said it hoped the revision could come into force from 2024.

The implementing decree follows the ministry’s previous announcement in July, in which it said it would lift restrictions on universities to develop more talent in the semiconductor field.

Chairman Yoon Suk-yeol has been pushing the semiconductor drive in recent months shortly after taking office, calling on authorities to lift related restrictions to boost the industry.

Prior to her resignation, former education minister Park Soon-ae announced a roadmap to develop more talent in the chip industry, despite opposition from universities outside Seoul. A committee of deans from universities outside Seoul argued that lifting the restrictions could widen the gap between universities inside and outside the Greater Seoul area.

By Im Eun-byel ([email protected])