A discussion about difficulties of university education for Korean missionary children

Hee-Kyung Youn, Julian C. Muller


In this article, “a discussion about university education for Korean missionary
children”, the researcher describes the purpose of education for Korean missionary
children and their issues of university entrance. The most significant problem
encountered by Korean missionary children is identity. Regarding this, the Korea
World Missions Association (KWMA) defined the purpose of education for Korean
missionary children to be citizens of God, citizens of the world, and citizens of
Korea. Since the definition was proclaimed, mission agencies and missionaries in
Korea stimulate Korean missionary children to enter university in Korea, in terms of
establishing these identities. Since Korea expended special admission allowances
for university entrance in 1997 to missionary children, a tendency has arisen
that Korean missionary children changed from a Western to a Korean college/
university (Back 2007:1). However, the system of special admission allowance has
recently been complicated and this system may be more stringent in future. This
new attitude towards the special admission allowance for university entrance will
influence Korean missionary children in future. Hence, Korean missionary parents
and mission agencies need to be open minded instead of persisting in preconceived
ideas concerning university education. Personal character and preference of college/
university options must be seriously considered, as they see the idea of ‘one-sizefits’
is not appropriate for all. Alternative options are needed to offer to Korean
missionary children for their university education.


Korean missionary children;Mission field;Educational issues;Identity issues;University education;Universiteitsopleiding;Onderwys;Identiteit;Sendingveld;Kinders van Koreaanse sendelinge

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5952/52-1-25


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