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Mathematics i n Genera l Educatio n a t KAIS T
Ki Hyoung Ko
ABSTRACT. Whil e th e Mathematic s Departmen t o f KAIS T ha s a stron g em -
phasis o n producin g excellen t research , an d i t continue s t o b e successfu l i n
maintaining hig h number s o f outstandin g undergraduat e an d graduat e ma -
jors, i t als o play s a majo r rol e i n providin g high-qualit y servic e course s fo r
the entir e institution . Thi s pape r provide s a brie f overvie w o f this aspect , an d
looks a t som e o f th e issue s tha t aris e i n thi s responsibility .
1. Introductio n
1.1. Abou t Institution . KAIST , th e Kore a Advance d Institut e o f Scienc e
and Technology, was established in Seoul 1981 as a research institute with a teaching
program that consisted only of graduate-level classes. I n 1989, the institution move d
to th e nation' s ne w scienc e center , Daedeo k Scienc e Town , locate d i n Daejeon . I t
sits amids t numerou s othe r world-clas s researc h institute s o f science , technology ,
and informatics . Th e busines s magazin e Asiawee k ha s rate d KAIS T severa l time s
as Asia's foremos t universit y o f science and technolog y [1]. I n 2004 , The Chronicl e
of Higher Educatio n feature d KAIS T a s on e o f the to p thre e universitie s o f Kore a
[2]. Th e impac t o f KAIST ha s bee n significan t i n developin g th e huma n resource s
that hav e brough t Kore a succes s an d prosperity . Fo r exampl e abou t 10% o f th e
Science an d Engineerin g professor s i n Korea n universitie s an d abou t 20 % o f th e
doctor clas s researchers i n Korea n industr y ar e alumn i o f KAIST .
KAIST expande d it s progra m t o includ e undergraduat e student s i n 1984, an d
that progra m ha s develope d int o a n increasingl y vita l componen t o f th e univer -
sity. Whil e the institution an d it s mathematics departmen t continue s to emphasiz e
its cutting-edg e research , it s facult y member s als o striv e fo r effectiv e teachin g i n
all areas , includin g servic e courses . KAIS T ha s a facult y o f approximatel y 40 0
professors i n 14 departments an d severa l interdisciplinar y program s i n scienc e an d
engineering. I t ha s 3,000 undergraduate an d 4,500 graduate students , an d support s
many postdoctoral an d research positions filled with both Korean an d internationa l
researchers. Althoug h mos t o f KAIST's student s com e fro m Korea , th e numbe r o f
international graduat e an d undergraduat e student s i s increasing steadily . Th e aca -
demic yea r start s i n March , an d consist s o f ful l semester s i n Sprin g an d Fall , an d
shorter Summe r an d Winte r term s fo r mor e condense d courses , togethe r wit h spe -
cialized workshops , camps , an d conferences .
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