Educating Younger Learners - An Analysis of Korean, American, and Japanese Priorities


Thursday, October 24, 2013, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Porté Seminar Room (S250), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Leadership Forum

Event Poster

Sunshik Min is President of YBM, one of Korea's largest publishing and education companies. YBM and its subsidiaries publish books and magazines, including the Korean edition of National Geographic Magazine. YBM operates more than one hundred language schools and administer annually more than four million language and professional certification and licensing tests. YBM also operates the Korea International School, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in the United States, and for which Dr. Min is Chairman of the Board. 

In 1982, Dr. Min received a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University and a Master's degree in management from MIT in 1985. In 1989 he was awarded a doctoral degree in business administration from Harvard University. Since then, he has worked in his family's company and served as lecturer and visiting scholar at several universities in Korea, Singapore, and Japan.

In addition to carrying out his duties as President of YBM, Dr. Min currently serves as an advisory committee member of the Asia Center at Harvard University, and as General Secretary of the Korea-UK Forum for the Future and the Korea Britain Society. He also serves on the board for several non-profit organizations, including the International Communication Foundation, Friends of The Asia Foundation, the Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Executive Board and the MIT Sloan Asian Executive Board.

He received a Medal of Industrial Merit from the Korean government in 2006 and was named Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from Great Britain in 2007. Outside of work and committee activities, Dr. Min enjoys traveling with his family and playing golf.

Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University


The main content of the presentation will be an analysis and comparison of education in three countries: South Korea, the United States and Japan. South Korea has been known for its large number of students studying abroad, mainly in English speaking countries and China. The presenter will show that economic incentives are the main reason for the study abroad boom in South Korea.

The presentation will conclude with a few comments and pieces of advice for young, aspiring students who are planning for a career in businesses, including the educational sector.

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