CWNU in 2017 has changed a lot from the previous years. Notably, the added conveniences for students such as facilities, colleges, and school regulations.
First, a new college was opened here at CWNU. We were the only university in the Gyeongnam region to be selected for our ‘continuing education college support program’. So they created the Future Convergence College. This year during the regular admission period, the Future Convergence College recruited freshmen for the first time and qualification for application are those in lifetime learning program, vocational high school graduation workers, etc. This college was founded for office workers’ lifelong education demand. This college includes the Departments of Mechatronics Convergence Engineering, Advanced Industry Fusion, Asset Management, Venture Convergence, and the Department of Anti-Aging and Health Care, etc. The classes are held at night or on weekends for office workers who have a lot of restrictions in their schedule and some education occurs through cyber lectures. Also, they will improve practical business skills through hands-on experience or the Capstone Design program. The Future Convergence College executes its tuition payment system according to course credits. They removed the limits of per semester credits and minimum amount of credits so they can reduce the tuition burden and secure courses by convenience. Furthermore, affiliated students receive the same support as weekly students such as scholarship benefits, use of dormitory, student council participation, workshop, athletic meets, etc.
Second, the school system has changed regarding retaking of courses which many students complained about. Previously, enrolled students who completed more than two semesters could request to retake course in which they scored below C0. This has since been changed to meet students’ opinions for their convenience, students can request to retake courses from below a grade of C+.
Park Ye-Bin (International Relations, 21) said, “Before changing the school system, when I received a C+ in class, I had to go to the professor’s room and request taking down the course to retake it. But the school system has changed like this, so I don’t need to go in person. So I like this change,” and she expressed her satisfaction. By this, students can easily manage their grade and concentrate on their studies.
Finally, facilities are also improved. The ‘Global Lifelong Learning Center’ was built next to Sarimguan which began construction in August 2013 and was completed in December 2016. This building consists of 1 basement floor and 8 floors and has various facilities institutes of lifelong education, institutes of language training, a conference room and auditorium, etc. The Center’s purpose is for invigoration of lifelong education and educational research function. It is expected to be a space which helps education research activity of professors, graduate students, undergraduates and lifetime learners. Also, on February 17, 2017, there was establishment construction for the creation of the Future Convergence College space. They installed a total heat exchanger at Dongbaeakguan in rooms 419, 422 and 423. Furthermore, Dormitory-1 selected for the BTL project. Because it was built in 1990 at CWNU, this structure is too old. Also it is inconvenient for students to live because there is less space compared with the number of demand. CWNU selected this project with Chonbuk National University. If this project progresses, Dormitory-1 will have wide spaces which can accommodate 400 people. Although the construction schedule remains uncertain, the project is receiving students’ big expectations.
With that, CWNU finished checks on various parts of the school and greets the new semester.
|Global Lifelong Learning Center is completed|
By Choi Ga-yun, cub-reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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