President Park Geun-hye visited a leading vocational school in Bern on Tuesday to benchmark Switzerland’s educational system. She took part in classes on computer engineering and was joined by Didier Burkhalter, president of the Swiss Confederation.
The school provides around 60 courses ranging from construction and mechanical technology to metal craft and even bicycle repair. Over 80 percent of graduates find a job after graduating.
Switzerland is well known for its apprenticeship-based educational system and low level of youth unemployment. At 7 percent, this stands as the best rate among OECD countries, and comes despite the country’s relatively low college entrance rate.
This is because most high school students are trained in vocational schools, where they spend three to four days a week in companies, gaining experience in industrial settings.
Meanwhile, Park will make an opening speech at the first session of this year's World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday. She will also meet the CEOs of global companies like Qualcomm, Aramco and Siemens to call for further investment in Korea.