President Park visits vocational school in Bern to benchmark Switzerland's educational systemUpdated: 2014-01-21 PM 7:54:05 (KST)
Switzerland is well known for its educational system, which is based heavily on apprenticeship.
The youth unemployment rate in Switzerland stands at 7 percent, the lowest level among OECD countries, despite its relatively low college entrance rate.
This is because most high school students are trained in vocational schools, called "Berufsschule," where they spend three to four days a week in companies, gaining experience in industrial settings.
President Park, together with President of the Swiss Confederation Didier Burkhalter, visited one of the vocational schools in Bern on Tuesday, and took part in classes on computer engineering.
The school provides some 60 courses, from construction and mechanical technology to metal craft and even bicycle repair.
More than 80 percent of graduates are gaining employment.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae explains that the intent of the president's visit to the school was to benchmark the systematic vocational training system of Switzerland, and to seek ways to bring together the strong points of the Korean and Swiss educational systems to foster specialized personnel that work well within the creative economy.
An MOU was signed between the two nations during President Park's state visit, to provide graduates of Korean vocational high schools, or "meister schools," who are employed at Swiss companies operating in Korea the opportunity to receive vocational training in Switzerland for a year.
"President Park will be making an opening speech on the "creative economy and entrepreneurship" in the first session of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos. She will also meet with the CEOs of global companies like Qualcomm, Aramco and Siemens, to call for further investment in Korea.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Bern."
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