• U.S.
    • President Mun Y. Choi, the University of Missouri System
    • President Robert Zimmer, the University of Chicago
    • President Timothy Killeen, the University of Illinois System
  • Korea
    • President Se-Jung Oh, Seoul National University
    • President Jin-taek Chung, Korea University
    • President Heisook Kim, Ewha Womans University
    • President Mooyoung Jung, UNIST
    • President Seung Hyeon Moon, GIST
    • President Hyungju Park, Ajou University


  • The two-hour block will consist of two 45-50 minute panels of 4-5 panelists each.
  • The moderator introduces the panel’s theme.
  • Each panelist then delivers opening/introductory remarks on the panel’s topic for 3-5 minutes.
  • Following individual remarks, the moderator will lead the panelists in a guided discussion of the common themes in their remarks, along with other prepared questions.
  • Finally, the moderator will open the conversation to the audience for Q&A.

Potential Panel Topics:

  1. “Future-Proofing” the Workforce (~50’)
  • Background:
    • The 4th Industrial Revolution will create dramatic changes that will disrupt the socio-economic and educational order. The central role of educational institutions will be to provide the skills needed by graduates to navigate and benefit from these changes –
    • Due to demographic changes and shifting social expectations, there has been a growing mismatch between the supply and demand of the labor market in Korea. In the context of higher education, this has often led to highly-specialized university graduates who struggle to find employment and/or adapt to the workforce.
    • Recent government initiatives have promoted the implementation and/or expansion of universities’ liberal arts programs, citing their tendency to enhance the social adaptability of graduates from such programs.
    • Recent Korean government initiatives have promoted restructuring academic programs based on employment prospects, adjusting overall entrance quotas, and establishing new departments or majors that align more closely with industrial demands.

In some cases, universities and industries collaborate directly in implementing and developing a customized curriculum, creating an employment “pipeline” for the industry and providing needed expertise for the university.


  • Proposed discussion questions:
    • How are higher education institutions working to address this challenge both in Korea and the US?
    • What have your institutions been doing thus far to address these mismatches, and what do you see as the next steps for higher education institutions?
    • What qualities of a strong undergraduate liberal arts program qualify it as a solution to this problem? What are the important hallmarks of such a program?
    • How can universities effect broader cultural and societal change through undergraduate education and graduate education?


  1. Creating an Ecosystem for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (~50’)
  • Background:
    • Many universities have pursued innovation and industry partnerships as a means to create a new source of revenue as well as to improve institutional reputation. But, what has been the success of innovation programs at universities? Many universities both in Korea and the US are working to create a “startup culture” on campus by creating a more entrepreneurship-friendly environment and instituting resources such as makerspaces, pitch contests, technology transfer offices, intellectual property consulting services, funding mechanisms, and beyond.


  • Proposed discussion questions:
    • How has your institution approached this change in focus both in terms of education and support for faculty researchers and student learners?
    • How does your institution address the friction between the missions of basic research and that of development fostered through industry partnerships?
    • What benefits have you seen from increased industry collaborations thus far, and what concerns should higher education institutions be aware of going forward?
    • What skills and training are critical creating an innovation and entrepreneurship mindset among faculty and students?