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Korea Innovation 2020: Education and Skills for the Future Workplace

"Innovative approaches taken by relevant public skills development institutions and universities to meet the new skills requirements"

The global economy has been undergoing sweeping structural changes: shifting patterns of trade, disruptive and emerging technologies, and rapid demographic transitions. These structural changes have all been reshaping labor markets worldwi... view more

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Welcoming Remarks by Daniel Dulitzky, Regional Director for Human Development, East Asia and the Pacific Region, World Bank and Hwa-jin Park, Deputy Minister, Labor Policy Office, Korea's Ministry of Employment and Labor 

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Opening Remarks by Dr. Lim Wonhyuk, Professor, Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management: How is the fourth industrial revolution going to play out? How is it different from the previous revolutions?  

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Part 1 - Misook Lee, Deputy Director of Global HRD Cooperation Department, Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea): What is the role of HRD Korea in skill development policy change and recent innovative policy measures? 

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Part 2 - Misook Lee, Deputy Director of Global HRD Cooperation Department, Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea): What are the recent reform measures that can bridge the gap between education and actual work? Also, learn about Korea's Virtual Reality (VR) Learning Tool and HRD Korea's partnership with the World Bank Group.  

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Part 1 - Junseok Hwang, Dean of Global R&DB Center, Seoul National University: How can we prepare workforce to complement technology so they are ready for the fourth industrial revolution?

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How is Seoul National University training its students at the College of Engineering to prepare for the future of work?

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Part 2 - Junseok Hwang, Dean of Global R&DB Center, Seoul National University (SNU): What is the importance of global innovation in the era of Digital Transformation? Get an insight into SNU's New International Technology Professional Program (ITPP).

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Jin Young Kim, Dean of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) School: Why is KIST one of the most innovative public research institutions? Watch the audiovisual to learn about KIST's unique role in the creation of Science and Technology Policy in Korea.

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Part 1 - Q & A: What are the joint opportunities bringing Korea and the World Bank together? How are universities and training institutes redefining their strategy in terms of new relationships with the government, industry and other learning institutions? 

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Part 2 - Q & A: Will there be huge job losses for skilled workers? How are institutions collaborating with stakeholders, especially with the private sector to ensure training programs and curriculums are evolving and responsive to the new demand both domestically and globally?

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Closing Remarks: It is not about low skills versus high skills but skills that are easily automated and replaced by machines versus skills that are not. 

About the Presenters

Daniel Dulitzky

Regional Director for Human Development, East Asia and the Pacific Region

World Bank Group

Daniel Dulitzky is responsible for overseeing the World Bank program in Health, Education, and Social Protection and Jobs in East Asia and the Pacific. His top priorities are to (i) provide strategic vision and direction to the human development team, (ii) ensure that World Bank regional and country activities in human development are informed by global strategies; and (iii) encourage and support innovation in both knowledge work and lending. Dulitzky, an Argentinian national, joined the Bank in 1999. He has since held various positions in the Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean regions. His most recent assignment was that of Practice Manager for Health in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously he was Practice Manager in Europe and Central Asia. During his time with the Bank, he also has also contributed to significant reform programs in health, social protection and education in numerous countries. Dulitzky holds a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Hwa-jin Park

Deputy Minister, Labor Policy Office

Korea's Ministry of Employment and Labor 

Mr. Hwa-jin Park is the Deputy Minister for Labor Policy Office at the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Prior to his current post, he served as Deputy Minister for the Planning and Coordination Office (2017–2018) and Standing Member of the National Labor Relations Commission (2017) at the Ministry of Employment and Labor. Prior to this position, Mr. Park held several Director General positions, including at the Industrial Accident Prevention and Compensation Bureau (2016–2017); the Youth and Women’s Employment Policy Bureau (2015–2016) and the Labor Supply and Demand Policy Bureau (2014–2015). He also served as Director General at the Labor Standards Policy Bureau (2009– 2012) and Director at the Equal Opportunities and Treatment Division (2008–2009) at the Ministry of Employment and Labor. He also served as Director at the General Services Division (2006–2008) and the Labor Union Division (2003–2006). Mr. Park received his master’s degree in labor relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seoul National University.

Lim Wonhyuk

Professor, Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management

Misook Lee

Deputy Director of Global HRD Cooperation Department, Human Resources Development Service of Korea (HRD Korea)

Junseok Hwang

Dean of Global R&DB Center, Seoul National University

Jin Young Kim

Dean of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) School