Government blacklist of Korean universities

The news was apparently on Monday: now the English news is full of it.

I first learned of the blacklist from Asiaone:

The naming and shaming of 43 poorly managed universities by the Education Ministry on Monday has spawned confusion and concern among universities, with some decrying the label or expressing worries about next year’s freshmen recruitment.

But a closer look and deliberate search finds the news everywhere.


 Officials have said that an equal provision of funds to all schools would be a waste of taxpayer money and could end up as a lifeline for uncompetitive colleges. President Lee Myung-bak has also called for college restructuring as a condition for providing government money to universities.

   In South Korea, 80 percent of higher education institutions are operated by private foundations that rely heavily on tuition for revenue.

And also:

The ministry said it has chosen the universities in consultation with advisory bodies based on the results of a university evaluation that used criteria, such as the employment rate of graduates, the yearly enrollment rate and the number of full-time instructors. 

The Herald has copied the same press release as Yonhap.

The news has reached Malaysia, where Bermana reports:

The education ministry has selected 43 private universities that will have their subsidies partly cut or denied next year as part of a government drive to weed out poorly managed schools.

I find this big news especially as I just finished writing a big article saying that blacklists couldn’t happen here.  I don’t exactly have egg on my face, but perhaps on my freshly washed jacket.

My old university is on the list, which I cannot find in full anywhere – Asiaone names a handful of the schools in question.  I hope that my friends are okay, or will be okay during the next semester.  Time to dust off those resumes!


UPDATED: I wrote this is sort of rush-to-press.  I don’t know, maybe I was trying to scoop other K-bloggers for some reason.  Anyway, there is more news this morning, but i am again in a rush as I must leave for work.

The Times has two articles that don’t integrate well.


Religious schools were also displeased with the ministry.

“Fifteen of 21 religious colleges boycotted the survey because they couldn’t trust the government’s evaluation criteria,” a spokesman for Holy People University in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, said asking not to be named. “Is it sensible to assess religious schools with the employment rate? Students choose us to study religion and become religious leaders, not to get a job.

and second:

Curiously, none of the 15 schools run by religious organizations are on the list.

I still have not seen a full list but am looking for one.  Any commenters know where to find one?

This list was found at the Joongang.  Thanks commenter Mattsid at Koreabridge. Click to biggify.

3 Responses to “Government blacklist of Korean universities”

  1. surprisesaplenty Says:

    The Korea Herald has an update in it’s Sept 23 edition:
    An Excerpt:
    The Education Ministry on Friday selected five public universities that will undergo a restructuring process in a bid to reform public universities and raise their competitiveness in the long term.

    The schools ― Kangwon and Gangneung-Wonju National University in Gangwon Province, Chungbuk National University in Chungcheong Province, Kunsan National University in North Jeolla Province and Busan National University of Education ― were blacklisted after a poor showing in an inquiry into their performance. The review looked at the universities’ employment rate, student enrollment, student service and scholarships and tuition fees.

  2. surprisesaplenty Says:

    In 2017, I received a new comment on this blog post. The commenter, IM, was quite passionate about his disapproval of a university in South Korea. I would like him to read:
    where I describe the dangers of libel in South Korea. Publishing his comment would be quite costly for me.

    I don’t know how easy it is to spoof or use false information in wordpress comment but this commenter used what looks like a real name and an email address from the university s/he was attacking. I cannot say if his/her claims were correct but I can say that truth is not a defence in Korean libel cases. A small excerpt from the comment that i have deleted:

    “The people of [city name] work in gang like behaviors daily taunting, ridiculing and insulting the English Department to no end. This is one of the worst teaching experiences of my life and I have to write this up with the hopes that you will BLACK LIST THIS REGION and UNIVERSITY as it is certainly not for the educated, children, women or men of high education. Only ghetto teachers should be hired in this particular area as the amount of ghetto people far surpasses the amount of the educated.”

  3. deleted name Says:

    Comment with identifying names removed:
    Hello I am asking that you Black List XXX University. This University makes it its business to blaspheme female professors. It has a track record of hiring females to mistreat them horribly. Rape, gang oriented activities, assault and theft are a few of the male professors favorite pass times in the course of the year. I am one of the parents of a student who has taken my child out of XXX due to the horrific manners that females are taught in this University and the incredibly dangerous environment that the University presents to the student body.
    Thank you
    name deleted (redacted?)
    My response: Parent, I sincerely feel for your pain. You have my sympathy. Libel laws in South Korea are so strict that, even if your claims are true, I cannot post the name of this university without facing legal threats myself.
    Further, my blog is backwater that I barely post to these days. I do not host a blacklist and this post only refers to an official government blacklist

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