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Korea Smiles Launch Event

Thursday, 21 May 2015
By: Skills CFA

The delivery  partners for  the  EU-KOREA SMILES Joint Mobility Programme are Westminster Kingsway College (EU Lead partner based in the UK), Skills CFA, Vantaa  Vocational  College  (Finland),  Zilina  University  (Slovakia),  and  from  Korea,  Keimyung  College University, Daegu, (Lead Korean partner) and Yeungjin College, Daegu.  

For further information about the EU KOREA SMILES Project please contact:

Skills CFA
Dan Forbes
Senior Project Manager
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Vocational College Varia
Laila Brocker
Development Manager
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Westminster Kingsway College
Kirsty McLaren,
International Partnerships Manager
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Yeungjin College
Jihoon Lee
International Affairs
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Keimyung College University
Dr Sang Seong Lee
Department of Mechanical Engineering
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University of Zilina
Professor Peter Fabian, PhD
Vice-rector International and Public Relations
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The project

The EU-Korea SMILES Joint Mobility Programme was designed by partners from the EU (UK, Finland and Slovakia) to work collaboratively with two South Korean VET college providers.  This multidiscipline project is funded by the EU and Korean government commenced, in October 2013 and will go on till September 2016. 

After the end of the project a sustainability plan will be delivered to provide  a  long-term  opportunity  for  mobilities  incorporating  recognition  of  assessments  and  future collaboration between partners. 

The language of the project will be English and focus on EQF Level 5 for the Engineering and Business Studies sectors and Fields -  04.9 Other Business Studies, Management Science: Intercultural  Working,  05.4  Vocational  and  Technical  Education,  06.1  Mechanical  Engineering,  06.5 Electronic Engineering – Telecommuniations

The project objectives include:

  • to increase the value of student and  staff transnational mobilities through the development of a curriculum structure leading to recognition of learning outcomes, assessed by partner institutions and recognised/added to individual student’s home qualifications.  This curriculum structure will be linked to the ECVET model for recognition of learning across Europe and aims to support the EU and Korean curriculum staff involved in the project to develop knowledge and understanding of this approach to maximising long-term impact from transnational mobilities. 
  • to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for intercultural mobilities to support opportunities for  global  employment.  A  module  for  Intercultural  knowledge  and  skills  will  be  designed  and delivered by partners using the UK’s Sector Skill Council, Skills CfA standards. 
  • the  delivery  of  a  customized  Korean  Language  programme  for  EU  students  and  for  Korean students, an English Language programme so as to maximize participation and outcomes during mobilities.

A total of 36 EU students over the duration of the project will have an 8-week mobility to Korea - 4 students each year from England, Finland and Slovakia (12 total per year).  The two Korean partner colleges will each have 6 student mobilities to the EU each year (12 total per year). Mobilities will include a 4-week language and cultural programme followed by a 4-week work placement each year.   

In  total 17 EU partners/faculty members  will  have  mobilities  to  South  Korea  over  the  duration of the 3-year  project.  Mobilities will provide continuous professional development opportunities in the form of curriculum mapping, industry visits, attending two customised conferences – one for the launch of the partnership project and the second for the dissemination event.  Furthermore, these mobilities will strengthen project outcomes through on-going relationship building for all partners and providing partners with hands-on experience of designing and delivering student mobilities within the ECVET framework for excellence

In addition to customised mobilities embracing the ECVET approach and principles, added value will be derived from this project through its focus on developing intercultural knowledge and skills and language development.  The intercultural knowledge will be cascaded by partners through their own institutions and networks, piloting the training modules developed as a result of the project. Once the modules have been piloted, revised and finalised, the finished training modules will be available for sharing with other institutions and stakeholders as part of the dissemination and sustainability strands of the project.  


Korea Smiles Launch Event

Consortium partners of EU-Korea SMILES launched the project at a networking event attended by key stake holders, including Dr Gulwoo Lee, Secretary General of National Research Foundation Korea and Mr Changbin Yim of Ministry of Education, at The Plaza Hotel, Seoul, Korea. The EU-Korea SMILES project launch was undertaken as part the Korea-EU VET Dialogue: Skills, Qualifications and Roles for Vocational Education Institutions event. The event which was jointly organised by British Council Korea in partnership with Keimyung College University and Yeunjin College and supported by Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) shared information on the National VET frameworks of Korea, UK, Slovakia and Finland as well as the ECVET framework which supports student mobility within Europe. The EU-Korea SMILES consortium will utilise the ECVET framework through the project and pilot use of it for mobilities outside of Europe.

The launch event marked the end of the first staff mobility for the EU-Korea SMILES project which saw a delegation from European institutions visit Keimyung University College and Yeungjin College in Korea. European delegates visited partner Keimyung University College where they received with an official welcome ceremony by President Kim, Nam-Seuk. During the visit the delegation undertook a tour of the Faculty of Engineering where they had an opportunity to meet some of the students who will take part in the projects first student mobility phase from April 2014. Later in the day they visited the traditional Korean village, Keimyung Hanhakchon, situated within the grounds of Keimyung University.

The delegation received another warm welcome the following day on their visit to Yeunjin College. European partners were greeted by Vice President Ryu, Yong-Hee and following an introduction to the college embarked on a tour of the college’s impressive campus including the Yeunjin English Village and Global Campus.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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