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Gov’t. fiscal aid neglects provincial universities in favor of Seoul-based
Kwon Young-Gil, a member of the Education, Science & Technology Committee at the Gyeongnam Provincial Office alleges that the latest national audit reveals Government neglect of Gyeongsang province national universities. He said, “Compared to the Government fiscal aid granted to Seoul National University (SNU), Gyeongsang national universities get a smaller amount. This financial negligence toward Gyeongsang national universities is serious. The gap has grown worse over the past three years.”

Aid for CWNU increased by only 18.3 billion won in two years, from 43.2 billion won in 2007 to 61.5 billion won in 2009. On the contrary, fiscal aid for SNU increased by as much as 190.1 billion won in the same period, from 362.6 billion won in 2007 to 552.7 billion won in 2009. In other words, aid for CWNU is only 9.6 percent of SNU’s. Per capita fiscal aid for CWNU’s students increased by 800,000 won, from 5.19 to 5.99 million won. But this is only a quarter of the 20.63 million won offered to SNU.

CWNU’s case is not too bad compared with other national universities of Gyeongsang province. The fiscal aid for Gyeongsang National University (GNU) increased by only 29.5 billion won. This is only one seventh of SNU’s. Incredibly, Pusan National University’s (PNU) fiscal aid actually decreased despite PNU having more students than SNU, with its total aid amounting to only half of SNU’s in 2009. The fiscal aid for Kyungbuk National University (KNU) also decreased in 2009 to only 39 percent of SNU’s.

Compared to the above statistics, CWNU was allocated more funds, and this is possibly attributable to achievement of such excellent results as CWNU’s 2010 employment placement rate -- the second highest among all Korean national universities.

This is not the first time this has become an issue. It was a concern in 2008 and 2009. But this negligence has not improved. Mr. Kwon points out: “The graduates of national universities of Gyeongsang province secure jobs locally. This negligence is a manisfestation of the government’s unwillingness to cultivate local talent. Disadvantaged regions need support in the form of subsidies from the taxpayer.” These remarks highlight the controversies surrounding this issue again. It will be interesting to see any imporvements.

Ryu Seung-Bong  media@changwon.ac.kr

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