South Korean Universities Will Abolish Admission Fees by 2022

We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week's Friday news we speak about Yemen's scientific research that is being crippled because of ongoing war, potential influx of students in EU and South Korean universities' plan to abolish admission fees by 2022.

Yemen’s scientific research crippled because of war

Even though Yemen was never seen as a top producer of scientific research in the Arab region, ongoing war now threatens to entirely disenable the conduct of scientific research, reports Al-Fanar Media. Khalid Qasim, a political sociologist at Sana’a University said: “Scientific research has never had a reasonable budget in our country- something that has seriously hampered our work as researchers and weakened our research quality. However, the ongoing war is now paralyzing the research process almost entirely due to the complete cessation of funding and the emigration or death of many researchers.” There is still no official number of how many Yemeni research centers have suffered as a result of the war. According to Yemen’s Ministry of Higher Education, 43 government scientific centres have stopped operations because of considerable damage to their facilities. At the same time, 15 independent research centers have also been out of work since many of them were stormed by armed groups.

European universities prepare for influx of students

The UK holds a desirable place in the rankings of thirty European countries when it comes to the quality of eduaction and career prospects, even though it is one of the moste expensive for students. However, many fear that Brexit could make the UK a less desirable place to study in the future. European universities are already preparing for a potential influx of students who seek cheaper alternatives. The Independent reports that the total number of English-taught programmes in European universities has risen by 13 percent in the last year.

South Korean universities will abolish admission fees by 2022

According to the latest plans made by the Education Ministry, South Korean national and private universities, together with 330 vocational colleges plan to abolish admission fees, reports KBS World Radio. 92 universities whose admission fees are below the average of $720 dollars plan to cut their fees by 20 per cent every year over the next four years. 61 universities whose admission fees are larger than the average plan to cut their fees by 16 per cent a year over the next four years and eventually abolish them by 2022. 128 private colleges plan to cut their amission fees by 13.4 per cent a year over the next five years.

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