14 Apr '11, 4pm

Prestigious Korean university rocked by student suicides

Prestigious Korean university rocked by student suicides

SEOUL : South Korea's top science and technology university is set to overhaul the way it is run, after a spate of suicides. Since January, four students and one professor from the Korea Advance Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have taken their own lives. The university's President has since caved in to mounting anger over the deaths and promised reform. Becoming a KAIST student is a dream for many young Koreans. Set up in 1971, KAIST is one of the most prestigious universities in the country. Tuition fees amounting to about US$6,800 per semester and are all paid for by the government. But if a student's grade point average falls below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, it's no longer free. And the lower the grade drops, the more the student has to pay. Once the grade falls below 2.0, the student has to pay the full tuition fees. This system - put in place by KAIST president S...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/eastasia/view/1122...

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