Human Capital and Development: Insights from Korea's Transformation

Friday, April 21, 2017

12:00 pm

Encina Hall - 3rd Floor (Central), Philippines Conference Room Map

Sponsored by:
Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center

South Korea's persistent economic growth combined with a democratic political system has transformed the country into a developed nation. While research has often highlighted the role of industrial policies, technological growth and international trade as imperative to Korea’s developmental success, this talk will instead focus on the role that human capital has played. KDI School of Public Policy and Management Professor Ju-Ho Lee will discuss how the accumulation of human capital has aided Korea’s transformation and examine the policies, strategies and challenges that the country faces into the future.

Before returning to the KDI in 2013, Lee served as Minister of Education, Science and Technology from 2010 to 2013 where he had previously served as Vice Minister in 2009. He has been noted for his endeavors to reform education, and for active lawmaking as a member of the National Assembly from 2004 to 2008. Applying his nine years of experience as a policymaker, he actively resumed his academic research on human capital and innovation policies at KDI. Lee's recent research has covered a wide range of issues including the measurement of 21st century skills, changes in pedagogies, opening-up strategies in education reforms, and innovation ecosystems. Currently he is also working for the international community as a Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Seoul National University, and his doctorate from Cornell University, all in economics.

Image: View of downtown Seoul, South Korea. Credit: tawatchaiprakobkit/Getty Images.

Friday, April 21, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Encina Hall - 3rd Floor (Central), Philippines Conference Room Map

Free and open to the public. RSVP required by 5 p.m. on April 20.


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