Driven for one ideologies of neoliberalism and display capitalism, the higher education in South Korea has currently been conducted and become more and more corporatized under the framework of colonial academic reliance. Under this perspective, we explain the academic dependency and corporatization of, especially, Korean colleges by locating three prominent occurrences: first, the recent attempt by Korean colleges to adopt the American chronicle accreditation whole; second, the annexation of the academies to Chabeol to make universities more cutthroat and efficient; and tertiary, Korean college procedures for expanding English-mediated courses in their educational programs. The theoretical foundation of this paper is the criticism of neo-expansionist doctrine, neo-liberalism, and the fault-finding theories. The legitimate purposes of higher education, which shouldn’t have in mind solely apiece logic of competition and experimental achievement, are belittled by these changes, according to our debate, which makes bureaucracy illegal and have a negative affect the atmospheres of higher education and academia in Korea. Additionally, these modifications disregard the freedom of thinking, speech, and study in lecturers’ and pupils’ native languages. We offer alternate viewpoints and patterns for the Korean academic community to resume their own academic autonomy and independence.

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Hyu-Yong Park,
Jeonbuk National University, South Korea.

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Keywords: Colonialism, corporatism, journal accreditation system, English-mediated courses