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Seoul Case Study Program

About SCSP

Case Study on the Policy Management in Seoul: Seoul Case Study Program (SCSP) is a part of the effort of Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) to foster international cooperation. It was established by signing MOUs with 11 universities in the United States(U.S.) in 2010 and with the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom(The U.K.) in 2012 for the purpose of promoting Seoul’s successful city policies and establishing a global network to provide young scholars with a body of knowledge regarding policy issues in Seoul. The program is designed as a 7-day study abroad program for the U.S. and U.K. universities to visit Seoul, one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

In partnership with the University of Seoul (UOS), SMG designed and launched the SCSP for graduate students in public administration and urban sciences to experience and understand Korea’s politics, economy and culture during their stay in one of Asia’s largest, most modern and progressive cities. The program provides a window of opportunity for academic cooperation, and exchange of ideas for the management of modern mega cities featuring the following topics: Urban Planning / E-government / Welfare / Housing / Green Policy / Human Resource Management System and etc.

Since its establishment in 2010, ten universities from the U.S. and one from U.K. have been participating in the program. As of Oct 2014, 378 participants from twelve universities have completed the program and the result has been evidently positive as an increasing number of universities have shown their keen interest in joining the program.

International School of Urban Sciences (ISUS) at UOS serves as a platform for implementing the SCSP. ISUS at UOS is responsible for managing the program and two staffs are dedicated to the management of the program. The program runs three times a year in March, May, and October.

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Program Objectives

  • To support young scholars to gain a better understanding of Seoul’s various policies
  • To provide opportunities to gain experience in the urban and traditional culture of Seoul through numerous field trips
  • To enable participants to engage in policy debates with Seoul’s public officials who are in charge of the policy implementation
  • To assist participants to specialize in the field of comparative public administration
  • To establish a network of urban scholars and analysts interested in the City of Seoul
  • To share Seoul’s experience with urban management and public administration with the international community

Major Activities

  • Participants spend seven days in Seoul and experience 8~10 presentations and 6~8 field visits focused on Seoul’s urban policies and related issues

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the program, participants are expected to
  • Gain a comparative perspective in public administration
  • Be able to discuss and critique major issues in public policy and administration
  • Understand the idea of administrative reform in the context of the Seoul Metropolitan Government
  • Have an enhanced understanding of the traditional as well as modern culture of South Korea
  • Appreciate cultural differences and similarities between South Korea and partner countries