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KDI 2017 GDLN Blended Learning Series: Policy for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

3 August 2017

Thailand: 14:00-15:30


Knowledge sharing for development and  global prosperity is one of the  key  motivations  behind establishing  the  KDI  School  of  Public Policy  and  Management.  The KDI School  understands the  valuable role the GDLN can play as an effective tool for knowledge sharing and  learning.  As part  of  the  designated  GDLN  Korean  Center’s knowledge exchange initiatives, the KDI School is launching blended learning  programs  that  focus  on  Korea’s  successful  development experiences on Korea’s E-Government system.  


Information and communication technology (ICT) is an industry that has grown tremendously during the past decade and  much  of  this growth has been fueled by e-government. Whereas ICT once offered exciting new opportunities for developing and delivering information and services to the public, it has now become a necessary and even expected facet of government operations and public governance. ICT has  now  become  a  strategic  tool  that  enables  government organizations  to  internally  and  externally  make  both  the  policy process and administrative operations more efficient and productive. Along with the growth and presence of ICT in the public sector have come a multitude of new opportunities, possibilities, challenges and issues, which government officers continue to encounter. And as ICT continues  to  become  engrained, especially  in  the  4th  industrial revolution,  government  organizations  are  required  to  redefine and identify their role within this new society and culture.  


Against this backdrop, this program is intended for those interested in public policy and service delivery in  the  era  of  digitalization.  This GDLN Distance Learning Seminar Series provides a broad overview of emerging opportunities, challenges and risks created by ICT in the government and public sector of  South  Korea.  Additionally,  this course  will  be  concerned  with  how  ICT  changes  the  public governance and government operations in light of the feedback loop and thus the speed at which government constituents can learn and adapt.  Topics covered will include overall concept of  digital government, and the applications of ICT within the public sector, as well as their impact on governments, business and citizens, especially in South Korea.




This lecture covers recent Korean government’s policy reaction to the 4th  industrial  revolution,  including  R&D  programs  such  as  AI,  Big Data and IoT, human resource development such as coding programs for  all-level  students  and  SW  university  program,  pilot  projects  in various  sectors  like  agriculture,  health,  automobile,  finance,  public safety  and  tourism,  and  institutional  change,  i.e.,  establishing  R&D institutes and resetting rules and regulations.



Speaker: Seong Ju Kang, Director General, Ministry of Science and ICT, South Korea


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