Pyongyang Medical College of Kim Il Sung University is now striving to unify medical education as required by its mission as academic centre for the sector of the national medical education.
The undertaking started in July 2015, and reached a fullscale practical stage last year. The college set a great goal of realizing the unity of education on a hundred subjects by the end of the year, not over 20 subjects that they had expected. Having prepared through much deliberation, the college organized the first training course on the general primary subjects in late March and another larger-scale training course in April for hundreds of teachers from similar medical colleges across the country.
The training course based on various forms and ways like lectures by subject and discussion of teaching materials led to presentation of multimedia-based eteaching plans and experience in putting the contents of education of over 100 subjects on a practical, comprehensive and modern basis. And more than ten new utilitarian teaching plans were introduced, over 20 lectures on the trend of latest science and technology were given, over 100 teaching programs and thousands of teaching plans were discussed and e-teaching plans were showed.
In addition, the college displayed lots of data—video data, multimedia presentations, eteaching materials, education supporting programs, program data on mock lectures, textbooks, reference books and the data on latest science and technology and manuals for practice—badly needed for improving the quality of education in all provincial medical colleges.
All the activities created a sensation. But they required huge efforts to assemble lots of people and technical equipment at a place. In particular, such activities were unable to spread in time data on world medical science and technology in rapid progress. And the suggested opinions had to be collected and dealt with only at another similar course organized one or some months later. This resulted in poor progress in the education work. Then the college set another goal of conducting the activities through the national computer network as required by the developing reality. By the first half of this year, the college established in its library an intranet through which they can have two-way dialogue based on image data with its ten counterparts across the country. This made it possible to remove the qualitative disparity between the central and provincial colleges while saving time and much efforts.
Some time ago, the college was appreciated as an example in unifying sectoral education at a show sponsored by the Education Commission.
Now experts say that the achievement of the college means another stride in putting many universities in closer connection and developing the medical education as required by the new century.
Article: Kim Chol Ung