Gwangjin-gu Office also said that it is running university-linked lifelong learning programs with two universities located in the district: Konkuk University and Sejong University.
The district office operates these educational programs by signing agreements with local universities every year so that residents can receive quality lifelong learning opportunities close to their homes.
Various programs have been prepared for this year, from liberal arts courses, such as humanities and art, to practical courses, such as asset management and cooking.
Nowon-gu Office is operating the "Nowon Lifelong Citizen University" program with seven universities, in order to provide lifelong education courses tailored to residents according to changing social trends. The participating universities are Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SNUT), Kwangwoon University, Sahmyook University, Seoul Women's University, Korea Military Academy, Induk University, and Korean Bible University.
An SNUT official said that the school has been participating in the program to strengthen its public role as a national university. The first program included a course on making handmade beer, and since then, SNUT has provided various courses, such as preventing dementia in the early stages and upcycling.
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, most of the classes are provided online using Zoom. Classes that require face-to-face training are conducted in strict adherence to rules, the SNUT official said.
Some other district offices are also seeking cooperation with area universities to promote job creation for young people, by using universities' resources with public support.
Seodaemun-gu Office is pursuing a project to create a campus town, where public institutions, universities, and businesses in the district cooperate to nurture and support start-ups founded by young people.
"We will create a local start-up ecosystem with young people by taking advantage of the fact that we have the largest number of universities in our district in Seoul," said Moon Seok-jin, head of the Seodaemun District Office.