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Wed, June 1

Speaker: Sang-Mook Lee (Director, Quality of Life Technology Center Seoul National University, South Korea)

Title: New Initiative in Korea to Promote STEM Education for Disabled Students and Assistive Technology

Abstract:  Last year, Korean government (Ministry of Knowledge and Economy) launched a new program to promote students with disabilities to receive quality education in science, engineering and math especially in college level in the hope that it will lead to new job opportunities.  The second aim of the program is to lay new foundation for assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering industry to help the disabled but also as Korea has become one of the fastest aging countries.  In many ways, this is a new effort, differing from the past in its objectives, scope, and approach.  As the manager of this program and quadriplegic scientist, I would like to present the background and introduction of this new effort and our views on how we hope to change the country and the region.

Host: William Z. Rymer