The city of Daejeon announced that it held a conference to attract foreign students from the 21st to the 24th in Binh Duong Province, Vietnam, together with four local universities.
This time, the whole event is a cooperation of universities that Daejeon City has been leading in planning and promoting since 2013 to enhance the competitiveness of local universities and attract international students. It is held every year, centering on sister cities with high demand for international students such as Vietnam. Unfortunately, it was postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.
This year, which was held for the first time in three years due to COVID-19, Daejeon University (대전대), Mokwon University (목원대), Pai Chai University (배재대), and Chungnam National University (충남대) participated to inform about Daejeon in Korea and introduce the excellence of each university to 600 students from 13 local high schools and 10 universities. Ho Chi Minh Van Lang University and Binh Duong Province Thu Dau Mot University operated joint counseling booths for each university to provide customized study abroad information and held a Korean cultural association event as a side event, which was well received by Vietnamese students.
In addition, meetings were held with local school officials, Korean language education centers, Korean international schools, and local study abroad agents to find new ways to attract international students and lay the foundation for continuous exchange.
"Local universities are experiencing great difficulties in recruiting new students due to the continuous decrease in the school-age population and preference for universities in the metropolitan area," said Kim Yeong-jin (김영진), head of the Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development. "We will continue to look for new ways,” she added.