Ulsan Nam-gu, Republic of Korea

  • City population: 
  • City/Urban area: 
  • Population Density: 
    More than 500 inhabitants per km²
  • GDP – city: 
    More than USD 25,000
  • GDP - country: 
    USD$ 27,221
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

The ‘Learning Garden’ city

Ulsan Nam-gu is the only city in the Republic of Korea to have been designated a special whale culture zone. It is ranked first both for the number of enterprises and for the number of lifelong education institutions located in the metropolitan area.

Vision and motivation

A lifelong education project is being implemented using available resources in line with its vision: ‘Ulsan Nam-gu, a Learning Garden city pursuing sustainable growth based on learning’.

Challenges and goals

Ulsan Nam-gu is striving to improve the quality of local residents’ lives by becoming a global lifelong learning city; to strengthen communication between families and local communities through learning; and to revitalize local communities by fostering a culture of participation among residents.

Plan and implementation

Ulsan Nam-gu is realizing its vision by establishing lifelong learning strategies through projects based on the categories laid down in the 5S ‘Garden-oriented Learning Development’ (Gold) project, which are as follows:

  • Special: Securing administrative lifelong learning expertise to strengthen competences.
  • Space: Providing lectures and supporting study circles so that anyone can learn, at any time and anywhere.
  • Sharing: Creating new jobs by fostering the sharing and donation of lifelong learning skills.
  • System: Strengthening lifelong learning through a system of village schools and community centres designed to establish a lifelong learning culture.
  • Society: Promoting ‘Good Father Classes’ and ‘Families for the Formation of Lifelong Learning Communities’.

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