Korean educational system is very traditional, teachers preach and students quietly listen to them, playing a passive role in learning. A very competitive and one-way direction education system focused just on producing labor force for companies. Students are always evaluated based on exam scores, by ranking in the class. The result is that they are passive learners, have little experience of working in teams, and are so much used to look for "the right answers". As a consequence, most of the students have lost their trust in education, don't know how to find themselves and youth suicide has grown.
Korean students need to “unlearn” their success formula. Instead, they need to be trained to enjoy uncertainty and ambiguity. They need to learn how to learn, learning by doing, reflecting on their experience, and sharing their learnings with other teammates. They must get out of the comfort zone and directly face the complex and uncertain reality, allowing themselves to be transformed while making affordable mistakes as students.
Finally, the Korean government has tremendous intention to make some impact on the social and entrepreneurial field. Local Superintendents of Education try to a new strategy for education innovation. But government system is so solid and has limitations to radical innovation. Nowadays many social innovators also try to change this situation and introduce many education methodologies in Korea. However, they haven't found the right methodology, haven't succeeded yet.
Ten years ago, at Mondragon University, four people refused to accept that young people still had a passive university education, waiting to receive knowledge. They thought that the 'education factories' had to change and decided to build their own model so that the university students would become the motor of their own learning.
"How can it be that in the current university students have to leave their passions and dreams outside the educational system? We thought it necessary to create a revolutionary method within the university education that put the creative capacity and dreams in the training process, "says Jose Mari Luzárraga, one of its founders. "At the university level something had been done, but always alternative. We wanted to do it from within the system. "
They invented a new degree, LEINN, (Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation) and fought for an even greater goal, which the Spanish Ministry of Education made official, becoming an Official European Bachelor Degree. "We had clear values of our own, we wanted young people based on honesty, teamwork and solidarity. And with the ability to acquire enough skills to transform themselves and society”.
After a period of experiments in the Korean educational and business sector through different entrepreneurial programs of around 6 months in co creation with different organizations (SKKU, Kaywon University ...) and having formed a strong network of social entrepreneurs, educators and companies that want to change the educational and business scene in South Korea, we believe that it is time to take a step further and create a greater impact by implementing the LEINN Degree in Korea.