DAEJEON, Sept. 14 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korean Industrial Property Office has announced that new legislation designed to support and encourage invention education in elementary, middle and high schools will take effect on Friday, pushing local education authorities to come up with plans for a systematic education program to nurture creativity and invention.
In line with the Invention Education Act and enforcement ordinance, the head of the Korean Industrial Property Office (KIPO) will consult a number of government branches related to the issue, such as the Ministry of Education, to set up plans for invention education, which will then be implemented with a yearly goal by each local municipal and county government depending on their resources and local environment.
Under the new legislation, a special committee dedicated to promoting invention education will be formed, which will work in tandem with the head of the KIPO.
Many expect that with the cooperation of the central administrative branches, the new legislation will reshape the curriculum of the country’s primary and secondary education, and see the importance of invention education reflected on the government’s education policy.
In addition, rules and regulations concerning the training process, data management and operation of nearly 200 invention education centers across the country will also be revised.
To better manage invention education centers, facilities set up and run jointly by the KIPO and local education offices, a new standard will be set for an invention education development institute where teachers will be trained and research on policy and education will be conducted.
“In the face of the fourth industrial revolution, invention education based on imagination and creativity has become more important than ever. Through legislation, it has been made possible for the Korean Industrial Property Office, the Ministry of Education and all the municipal and county education offices to work together to introduce more invention education,” said Kim Tae-man, the director of the intellectual property policy department at the KIPO.
The KIPO’s decision to ramp up its efforts to prepare the future generation is timely, as a report from the Hyundai Research Institute in May revealed around seven in ten South Korean companies are not prepared for the fourth industrial revolution, despite its potential to reshape economies and industries with a range of new technologies.
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