Gangnam-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$ 25,990
  • Average number of years of schooling: 

A value-driven Learning City

Gangnam-gu’s standard of living is the highest in the Republic of Korea, and its cultural development is considered to be exemplary. In addition, its residents’ participation rate in lifelong learning stands at 65.9 per cent.

Vision and motivation

The municipality of Gangnam-gu plans to increase lifelong learning opportunities for its citizens as a way of promoting harmony between community residents and local developers, and cultivating civic awareness that reflects the city’s economic and cultural development.

Challenges and goals

The major issues facing the city include increasing residents’ civic awareness so that it is on a par with that found in other urban areas; reducing disparities with regard to quality of life (the number of low-income inhabitants places the city ninth out of 25 local autonomous entities in Seoul); and building links to outlying suburbs.

Plan and implementation

With over 18 lifelong learning centres distributed across the district, Gangnam-gu is striving to become a place where anyone can learn whatever he or she wishes to. Designated ‘Community Learning Centres’ exist even in areas with less developed infrastructure, ensuring access for all and encouraging learning in families and communities.

Furthermore, Gangnam-gu emphasizes the sharing of knowledge and talent. It aims to revitalize learning circles in order to create a cycle of learning resources; to expand support measures in order to attract and retain learners; and intensify its lifelong learning network as a means of fostering cooperation. Moreover, it plans to promote learning in the workplace, as well as the extensive use of modern learning technologies.

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