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Spending Boost Aims to Reform Academia

Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1902-1903
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1902b

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S This month the Korean government unveiled an ambitious plan that is part of a $1.17 billion, 7-year program to reform higher education. The new effort, called Brain Korea 21, is intended to raise the country's ranking among global scientific powers by shaking up an overly centralized and hidebound system. It aims to improve graduate training by giving money in selected areas to new research consortia that cross institutional boundaries.

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