KU Selected for Mentoring & Scholarship Project for Multicultural and North Korean Defector Students for Fifth Consecutive Year
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KU Selected for Mentoring & Scholarship Project for Multicultural and North Korean Defector Students for Fifth Consecutive Year
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  • 승인 2024.06.24 14:44
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 Kyungnam University (KU) has recently been selected as to be part of the Mentoring and Scholarship Project (MSP) for Multicultural and North Korean Defector Students (MNKDS) organized by the Korea Student Aid Foundation (KOSAF) for the fifth consecutive year.

 

MSP for MNIS

 MSP is a project that focuses on helping Korean college students and the students from multicultural and defected North Korean families meet as mentors and mentees to share knowledge and experiences. MSP is aimed at achieving shared growth with the local community by implementing the government’s educational welfare policy.

 As mentors, college students participating in the project are to share their knowledge and experience by helping with mentees’ study and offering advice and suggestions.

The History of MSP for MNKDS

 Since 2011, KOSAF has produced over 150 student mentors yearly through specialized programs with various organizations. They've also run special activities for farming and fishing villages in partnership with rural institutions. Starting this year, the number of mentors will be expanded to 200 to provide more equitable educational opportunities for MNKDS.

 This year marks the fifth consecutive year since 2019, when KU was selected as a hosting university in South Gyeongsang Province (SGP). This achievement is attributed to the university’s outstanding project management capabilities. The project is scheduled to run until February 2025.

 KU will be given a total of 860 million won in scholarships and cooperate with more than 200 related organizations in SGP to support the educational activities of elementary, middle, and high school students who need learning and counseling support. The project will be sponsored by the Ministry of Education, KOSAF, and the Office of Education of SGP.

 

The Purposes of Mentoring for MNKDS

 MSP helps MNKD adapt to school life and improve their basic academic abilities. Through one-on-one matching with college students, MNKDS are provided mentoring for subject learning and counseling on school life, companionship, career path, etc. at the desired centers in their regions. Since KU’s College of Education (COE) requires that students fulfill 60 hours or more of educational service as a graduation requirement, many students in COE apply to be mentors. Additionally, in return for becoming mentors, students are given valuable educational service opportunities and scholarship support.

 

The Future Plans & Prospects of MSP

 Through MSP, KU has secured about 1.32 billion won in scholarships, and plans to cooperate with more than 200 related organizations in SGP to support the educational activities of participating students, strengthen their abilities to adapt to school life, and improve their basic education.

 This year, 200 mentors were selected from currently enrolled students, and mentor pre-training for the “2024 MSP for MNKDS” was held at the Multipurpose Hall of the Industrial-educational Cooperation Building on March 19.

 The pre-training was attended by officials and mentor students, including Kim Jung-hee, Dean of College of Education. A presentation on the current status of MSP for MNKDS was made. She said, "I would like to thank all the students of KU for participating in MSP for the educational welfare in the local community. I hope it will be a meaningful chance to carry out various educational activities and spread knowledge through culture sharing and community problem solving under the guidance of Professor Hyun Ho-geun, the professor in charge of the project."

 


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