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Yumi Jeung

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About Yumi
Yumi Jeung is a journalist based in Seoul, South Korea.

Started her work as a journalist in one of the Korean major newspaper, Hankyoreh(hani.co.kr).
Covered education issues as feature stories. 

In the meantime, she nominated as a representative of Korean young correspondents by Finnish Foreign Affairs. And became the first Korean participant for the Foreign Correspondent Program 2015. 

In January 2016, Korean non-profit organization for disabled, 'we first.or.kr' nominated Yumi as a 'Monthly Story Winner' by the story covered the Biomedical Engineering education program in Korean Secondary School.

From May 2016, Yumi joined the education innovation organization 'FCN(Future Class Network)', and started another career as an education innovator. Her job is to collect diverse education innovation stories from all over the world. Recently she contributed to a Public TV program 'Future2030' by KBS as an international interviewer.
English Korean
Interview (Video / Broadcast) Feature Stories Corporate Content
Current Affairs Arts & Books Investigative Reporting

Medical school quota rise could shake up higher education

16 Feb 2023  |  universityworldnews.com
The South Korean government announced an expansion in the national medical school admissions quota from 3,058 to 5,058 starting in 2025, aiming to increase the number of doctors to 10,000 by 2035. This decision has sparked tensions among doctors, medical students, and the government, with concerns about the impact on higher education as top universities lose STEM students to medical programs. The Korean Medical Association opposes the quota increase, fearing a decline in education quality and arguing that it won't address healthcare provision gaps. The government's move is in response to a shortage of doctors, particularly in critical specialties, and the need for more healthcare due to an aging population. Junior doctors and medical students are protesting for better working conditions, with some planning resignations and class boycotts. Public opinion, however, largely supports the government's plan to expand medical school admissions.

KBS, Korean public broadcasting system featured the theme 'Future2030'. The episode I contributed is about future education. In the process, I was in charge of interviewing Andreas Schleicher - Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, and Charles Leadbeater - British author and former advisor to Tony Blair.

While in Helsinki, I could have a chance to contribute to the daily newspaper <Kauppalehti>. The story litely covers differences between education in Korea and Finland.

While working for Hankyoreh, I was in charge of the weekly education section. This story is a long analysis on Korean Essay Test for University. First full-page story for me yet the impact was quite big. Received many supporting mails by students, teachers and parents. Was a big motivation for me to challenge.

12 Jun 2017  |  www.hani.co.kr
The article discusses the issues surrounding the essay component of college entrance exams in South Korea. It highlights the gap between the intentions of the government to evaluate students' comprehensive thinking abilities and the reality where students are driven to private education to prepare for these exams. The abolition of the essay exam by Seoul National University and the government's push for reducing non-standardized tests like essays, aptitude tests, and interviews are mentioned. The article criticizes the current system for promoting rote learning and not aligning with high school curricula, leading to an increased reliance on private education. It also points out the need for a think tank to research the essay system and calls for an expansion of descriptive education in public education to foster critical thinking, expression, and understanding.

As a representative of Korean young journalist, I was one of the participants in Foreign Correspondent Program by Finnish Foreign Affairs. The basic idea of the program was to invite a young journalist from 21 different countries and gather them in Helsinki for 3 weeks to let them see how Finland works. In the meantime all participants had to write at least one post for a given topic. And this is my work.

12 Jun 2017  |  fcp.finland.fi
The article is a personal travelogue describing the author's experiences during a bus tour to Hanko, Finland. The journey included an introduction to Finnish food culture by Professor Johanna Mäkelä, which highlighted the importance of food as a cultural element. The group also had the opportunity to taste Finnish foods, enhancing their cultural experience. The tour continued with a visit to the Tvärminne Zoological station, followed by a trip to the forest and the Baltic Sea, where the author felt inspired by the stunning natural beauty. The article reflects on the ample future resources of Finland and the picturesque coast and houses found in Hanko. The author concludes with a reflection on their positive emotions, symbolized by the 'Hanko biscuit smile'.

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