Doctoral education is of prime importance worldwide. In many countries, there is severe shortage of doctoral degree holders, while in others there is an oversupply in many fields. There is a global debate on the best ways of providing doctoral training. To illustrate global trends, the book analyses the current realities of doctoral education with the help of case studies based on fourteen countries and one continent. It includes an overview of the state of the literature on doctoral education as well as an analysis of doctoral education from a historical perspective with a detailed comparative discussion. Trends and Issues in Doctoral Education: A Global Perspective also examines the challenges and ideas of current and proposed reforms in doctoral education.
Chapter 15: Rapid Development and Current Rethinking in Doctoral Education in South Korea
Doctoral education in South Korea (hereafter Korea) began to attract policy attention in the late 1990s as a response to the rise of a knowledge society. The Korean government introduced various programmes, for example, the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) project and the World-Class University project, to improve the research competence of local universities and researchers. As a result, the productivity of Korean researchers improved rapidly and the number of doctoral students and PhD graduates increased significantly. However, due to this rapid expansion, doctoral education in Korea ...