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Education Ministry to Nurture 1 Million Skilled Workers for Digital Industry

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Oh Seok-hwan, director of the Planning and Coordination Office of South Korea's Ministry of Education, speaking during a press briefing.

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South Korea's Ministry of Education said it will train 1 million skilled workers for the digital industry—which includes artificial intelligence, blockchain, general software, big data, metaverse, cloud, Internet of Things, 5G and 6G, cybersecurity, and more—by 2026.

The government plans to accomplish this by doubling information technology curriculum hours for elementary and secondary schools, and requiring schools to offer computer programming language education.

In addition, student quota restrictions on university departments related to digital technology will be eliminated, and the number of graduate schools with artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cybersecurity, and big data programs will be increased.

The ministry also plans to launch boot camp programs offering "micro degrees" next year that combine digital technology with other majors, like humanities and social studies.

From The Korea Herald (South Korea)
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