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Ceremony for launching the 2018 Paran Ladder Project is held
Writer OIA Date 2018-07-13 Hit 3926

The Paran Ladder Project, an overseas training program for university students from financially difficult backgrounds, kicked off with a ceremony. Ajou University plans to operate the existing After You Program as part of the Project over the next three years.

Students participating in the Paran Ladder Project and officials from the relevant universities attended the ceremony, which was held on the afternoon of June 29th at the Seoul Education Training Institute located in Seocho-gu, Seoul. About 80 students along with President Hyung Ju Park and Vice President for Industry-Academia Cooperation Young Tae Oh joined the event from Ajou University.

The ceremony began with congratulatory remarks by Vice Minister of Education Chun Ran Park, followed by an introduction and progress report on the Project, the declaration of the Project launching and recitation of the oath, and a special lecture by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Dong Yeon Kim. Chung Yeol Oh from the Department of Architecture of Ajou University and Soo Yeon Gye from Kyungpook National University represented the student participants in reciting the oath.

DPM Kim, who suggested the After You Program in the spring of 2015 as the President of Ajou University, said in his lecture, "There should be many paths for class mobility in our society for sustainable development. The Paran Ladder Project can contribute to accomplishing such a goal."

He then emphasized that students should pursue the three innovations of going beyond the current ways they act and think, the environmental constraints surrounding them, and any social barriers in order to contribute to sound development.

The Paran Ladder Project, which is based on the 'After You Program – Ajou Global Campus' that was launched in the summer of 2015 by Ajou University, provides overseas training and career opportunities for students trying to develop themselves despite financial and other difficulties. This year, the Ministry of Education and the Korea Student Aid Foundation, and the managing universities will cover 70% and 30% of the related expenses, respectively, for the 800 selected students, who will participate in language classes and cultural programs at overseas universities for four weeks this summer.

Ten universities were chosen to manage the Project. Ajou University, Konkuk University, Sahmyook University, and Hankyong National University are the participants from the Seoul metropolitan area. Kangwon National University and Chungnam National University were selected for Gangwon and Chungcheong Provinces, Chonbuk National University for Jeolla provinces and Jeju Island, Catholic University of Daegu and Daegu University for Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province, and Dong-Eui University for Busan, Ulsan, and South Gyeongnam Province, respectively. The managing universities will operate training programs and assist the students for career mentoring, etc., before and after the program.

Like the After You Program, student selection will be based on the self-development, future potential, and determination of applicants, rather than their academic performance. A total of 100 students from Ajou University (including 20 from other universities) are being sent to the University of Michigan and the University of Washington in the U.S. and Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Beijing Institute of Technology in China during this summer break.

Ajou's After You Program began in 2015 with students being sent to its partner universities in the U.S. and China every year during the summer and winter vacations. It aims to provide global experiences to those who have difficulties building such experiences for various reasons. The Program is funded by donations from people inside and outside of the University. Last summer, the Inbound After You Program was held for 28 students from Ajou's sister universities in Asia. They came from 17 universities in 10 countries and learned the Korean language and culture during their four-week stay at Ajou.

< Students and officials from universities, including Ajou University President Hyung Ju Park, who participated in the ceremony for launching the Paran Ladder Project pose for a photo. >

< The 2016 After You Program participants pose for a picture at the University of Washington. >

< Students participate in the 2015 After You Program at Johns Hopkins University. >

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