Under the microscope – Generous KSA Science scholarships building bright futures

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Science today is dynamic, fast paced and hands-on.   Opportunities for our brightest young students to engage directly in real exploration and discovery are so often missed but not so at the prestigious KSA Science Academy in South Korea. The school is equipped with outstanding state of the art laboratories including a cancer research lab and an astrological lab that opens up to the stars! Students at KAS are making a difference to their world. This government funded school aims to prepare students as creative global leaders, who will enhance their nation’s competitiveness in science and technology and contribute to mankind. Dr. Kwong Jang-hyuk says, “We are fostering global leaders required by the global community.” While the school boasts a state of the art library a sense that history is being created abounds. If you are more interested in active researching then writing the books KSA might be ideal for you. Student Byeong-Chang explains, “There is something special being created by the students.”

1141Scholarships are available for talented Australian Science and Mathematics students to complete Years 10-12. Entrance exams can be arranged remotely. Located in Busan, South Korea, this magnet school was established in 1991. Korean greatly values excellence in scientific endeavour not surprising when you consider major industry players such as Samsung. Past graduates from KSA boast entry into world class Universities such as Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. Students can also take advantage of the schools links to the internationally renowned KAIST Science University in the Republic of Sth Korea. International student Vaidya Cerien says, “At KAS we are at the hub of the world for globalization and our dreams coming true in the near future.”

The current cohort of International students comes from countries including China, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Mongolia. In previous years students from the UK have enrolled. These gifted students seem right at home with the opportunities on offer. All lessons are delivered in English. Students can elect to learn Korean. The curriculum program also includes international science research visits for the student groups. Students are welcome to use the Academy playing fields and to participate in organised sporting events.

1144Excellent boarding facilities are available with two students sharing a modern room. A specialized team directly supports the international cohort including a staffed health and counseling center. Sth Korea is a very safe environment but the school also has excellent security procedures in place. Parents are encouraged to visit and short term hotel style accommodation is provided on the school grounds at a nominal cost. International Scholarships cover all the boarding and tuition costs. Parents will need to pay for school uniform, return airfares back to Australia twice a year (approximate total of $2800) and personal spending money.

The website is located at http://www.ksa.hs.kr/english/ and the admissions team can be contacted at admission.ksa@kaist.ac.kr . There are also a number of utube videos that also showcase the school. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flacqDybL3U

DFAT Australia Korea Foundation Grant Approved for the Global LYNCs Project

The Global LYNCs Project is now a partner with the Australia-Korea Foundation.  The Foundation will support ongoing enhancements to the project including development of a Korean version of the blog, improvements to the blog (we have just added a visitor counter this week), monthly newsletters to participants, feature articles and a Victorian visitation program in October from Professor Keong Ku the Korean coordinator for the project. Five additional Victorian schools recently joined the project as part of a pilot with the Daegu District Office of Education, Republic of Korea and the SWVR.    A feature of this pilot is development and trial of curriculum units to compliment Korean/Victorian partnerships.

The Distance Education Centre Victoria DET is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia-Korea Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is assisting with the administration of the project.