Female academics are outperforming their male counterparts, evaluations suggest. A spokesman for Ajou University said on Monday analysis of the evaluation of lectures during the second semester last year showed that female professors in their 30s and 40s received highest points from students.
At Konkuk University, at least one woman professor has been chosen since 2008 among the six "best teachers" the university selects each semester based on evaluations given by students, although the number of female professor at the university is a mere ninth of the men. Three are chosen each from the faculty of humanities and from science and engineering.
A staffer at Hanyang University also said lectures by female professors tend to get favorable responses from students.
Universities are not the only sector where females outperform males. In a student performance evaluation released late last year, 13 girls' high schools accounted for 65 percent of 20 top high schools in Seoul. And in the 2010 bar exam, the ratio of successful female to male applicants stood at 41.5 percent, exceeding the 40 percent level for the first time.