In 2001 the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of Korea (MOCIE) launched new projects of human resource development programs to reconstruct the education system of the industrial workforce so as to increase its efficiency. The program was to educate engineering students with revised curriculums considering industrial demand and hands-on experience rather than to go through re-educating process of the industrial workforce after college degree. With the increasing importance of design programs which concentrates on practicality and creativity in college engineering education, the capstone design program has been developed at the Seoul National University of Technology and incorporated into the curriculum. Through this, students, professors, and industries have chances to cooperate in changing design education to fit the requirements of the today’s market. This program was a turning point in engineering education and human resource development in Korea. In particular, selecting practical topics considering industrial demands for their graduation thesis pushed students to seek industry’s cooperation by themselves, which resulted in a new system of industry-academy cooperation. The practical engineering design education has been achieved in literal sense. This paper will discuss this newly established engineering education model and the results from the capstone design education of Seoul National University of Technology and its effects on design education in Korea
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