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Gwang-Jo Kim

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 Gwang-Jo Kim

Director, UNESCO Bangkok and the Asia Pacific Region

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 About Gwang-Jo Kim

Dr. Gwang-Jo Kim is currently a Professor at the Graduate School of Education at  Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea . From September 2005 to March 2008, Mr. Kim was Deputy Minister of Education and Human Resources Development of the Republic of Korea and charged with leading policy development in the areas of higher, technical and vocational education, lifelong learning and human resources development. In the course if his duties, he also coordinated various cross-ministerial human resources development policy initiatives in higher education and training and skill development, as well as initiated and launched the Global Human Resources Forum in Seoul in November 2006, which aimed at providing an international platform for sharing information, knowledge and best practices on human resources issues. In August 2004, Dr. Kim was appointed Director- General of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MOEHRD) in Seoul.


In this capacity, he led and prepared cross-ministerial human resources development policies such as the Five Year National Human Development Plan and lifelong learning policies for early retirees. He also worked with the World Bank as Senior Education Specialist and worked on issues such as lifelong learning, on the job training, technical and vocational education, secondary and tertiary education, student loan programs and information and communication technologies (ICT) in education. Dr. Kim’s senior responsibilities began in 1995 when he worked in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul and where he advised and assisted the former President Young Sam Kim in the areas of education and social policy.   Dr. Kim obtained his EdD and EdM form Harvard University, Cambridge in 1994 and 1984, respectively, and his Bachelor of Public Administration from Korea University in Seoul, Republic of Korea. 

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