The requirements for graduation are being enforced beginning in 2014, and will affect this February’s graduates-to-be. Hanyang University(HYU) has abolished the English certification and graduation paper requirements which were previously the keys to successfully leaving HYU. HYU has also introduced a new system of graduation deferment.
Cho Young-sook, Team Manager of Academic Affairs at HYU explained the aim of the new requirements, saying that they are designed to help students build their career paths more effectively. “In order to set aside time to get a job, more Hanyangians are putting off their graduation by not intentionally handing in their graduation paper or taking the English certification test. We have concluded that these requirements are inefficient and not actually practical to students in their employment search.”
Instead of the English certification requirement, minimum credits of English-only classes are now required for graduation and can be extended, while the graduation paper can still be maintained in several colleges including the College of Engineering at both the Seoul and ERICA campuses. Students will still be able to delay their graduation but will only be allowed to do so upon request for a maximum of four semesters. The specific revised regulations will be implemented after March 20, 2014.