[photopress:mba_korean_students.jpg,full,alignright]South Korea and China have signed a memorandum of understanding, allowing students to get their academic records cross-acknowledged.
Under the pact, Chinese students coming to Korea for university study can get their high school and middle school records acknowledged.
In the past, such transfer was impossible for students from certain regions because of differences in school year systems to that of Korea’s. As a result, some students had to take extra years in a Korean school before they were qualified to take the college entrance examination here.
As well, transfers between university students will become easier.
Previously, schools in sisterhood relations were the only options students had, but soon there will be more choices available, the ministry said. The rule will also be adopted by graduate schools and higher education institutes.
As a result, student transfers will become easier, with more Chinese students expected to visit Korea to study, an education ministry official said.
Chinese students made up 68.3% of the 49,268 foreign students studying here in April 2007.
An odd note: the writer’s great nephew, who labors under exactly the same name, is a teacher in South Korea. No doubt he will find himself teaching Chinese students.
Source: Korea Times