Making a difference with Oracle Academy
The spotlight is on Byeonghwan Jeon and Hyuk Shin, Inha University, Korea.
Inha University is one of Korea's top engineering universities specializing in research and education in the engineering and physical sciences. More than 1,700 educators teach 22,000 students, and more than half of the 70 departments consist of engineering- and computing-related majors.
Among the specialized research centers on campus, the Artificial Intelligence Convergence Research Center was established in 2020 by the Ministry of Science and ICT. It is the first specialized research and educational institution in the field of artificial intelligence in the Incheon area of South Korea. The center leads industry-university cooperation by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with various fields, and has been focusing on cultivating talents with AI and technology diffusion.
Byeonghwan Jeon and Hyuk Shin are faculty members in the research center. Jeon has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and is currently teaching the class “Artificial Intelligence Convergence Project.” Shin has a master’s degree in Technology Management and is designing and operating a workforce development program at the AI Convergence Research Center based on his previous experience with start-up/venture-relevant work.
Oracle Academy: How important is it for students to have experience with artificial intelligence?
Byeonghwan Jeon: It’s extremely important. Our center's motto is AI+X ; that means AI+Additional Technology, and we use this term to mean that AI technology can be applied to all existing industries. We’re delighted to see that the application of AI technology is expanding.
Oracle Academy: Can you tell us about your AI courses?
Hyuk Shin: Certainly. We have two courses, AI Fundamentals and AI Advanced. The AI Fundamentals course covers subjects such as AI programming, data mining, data science and linear algebra. The AI Advanced course covers computer vision, pattern recognition, and reinforcement learning.
After taking these two courses, students can select one of the AI+ robot/logistics/prediction track to participate in more specialized and professional research. One of the most important parts of this educational system is the AI+X convergence project, which is the course that allows students to review the use of AI technology in the real business world and acquire the know-how to apply it.
This course is based on mutual solidarity with our center's partner institutions to solve the issues that companies are struggling with. We’re so proud of this course―graduates with the knowledge they’ve learned from our partners will be ready for the real world.
With regards to other new technologies, we have moved to the Oracle Cloud, converting our database classes from on-premise to cloud-based.
Oracle Academy: And how is it going with cloud?
Hyuk Shin: It’s fantastic! We have access to the Oracle Cloud through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program. The pandemic situation made it difficult for educators and students to teach and learn in the classroom. It became impossible for students to gather for their lab practice.
I truly appreciate Oracle Academy’s kind cooperation to be able to use Oracle Cloud with my students. They don't have to access the database or virtual machine in the lab, and they can access it with their own accounts regardless of location and time.
Oracle Academy: Can you share with us your use of Oracle Cloud in the classroom?
Byeonghwan Jeon: Within our Oracle Cloud class, we have a subject called Database. The purpose of this class is to educate students on the skills, methods, and ability to use the latest tools necessary for computing-related practices using databases and tasks. Students create an Autonomous Database using Oracle Cloud, and design and implement a database solution for an actual business or organization. They gain great skills such as writing SQL query statements and database modelling.
It is a wonderful experience for students to be provided with the same cloud development environment used for business. I think being able to explore and experience the technology used in the real business world has been one of the best benefits that we can enjoy from utilizing Oracle Academy resources.
Oracle Academy: We hear you are using the Oracle Academy Career Center. Can you tell us about it?
Hyuk Shin: In our university, there are various types of software-related departments such as Information and Communication Engineering, Computer Engineering, Data Science, Electronic Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence Engineering. Within these departments, the industries that each student wants to advance into are different, and even if they hope for the same IT industry, the jobs they want may be different for each individual.
For example, there are students who want to become cloud security experts, application developers, IT consultants, or other corporate positions such as general finance or human resources; it is impossible to support each of their required skills by the department where they belong. As our center was thinking about development of our students' competencies, we were introduced to the Oracle Academy Career Center within the Oracle Academy Member Hub, and we were able to completely solve this concern. I’m sure that there is no other place like the Career Center where students who want to advance into the IT industry can conveniently join in customized courses for the type of job they want and prepare for the certification exam without worrying about the cost in one stop. In addition, it is more reliable than any other courses because all the lectures are researched and produced by Oracle experts.
Oracle Academy: That’s fantastic! And can you share with us how educators and students are benefiting from Oracle Academy?
Hyuk Shin: For educators, we host educational workshops twice a year with other partners, including Oracle Academy. During these workshops, Oracle Academy staff give an update on the program, highlighting the curriculum and resources available and latest benefits. This helps our faculty members and staff better understand Oracle Academy resources, and encourages non-members to join.
Byeonghwan Jeon: Students benefit from Oracle Academy resources, such as the Career Center and course materials, because academic learning is a way to acquire skills that can be used in real industry, not just on campus. The Career Center is the most effective way to increase the competitiveness and professionalism of Inha University students. It leads them on the path to Oracle professional certifications to show their industry-relevant knowledge and skills. We are actively promoting this to our students, and we hope that more Inha University students will enjoy these benefits.
Oracle Academy: Do they easily find career opportunities?
Byeonghwan Jeon: Yes, graduates are being actively hired, and many are being recruited internally by our partners. In addition to the well-designed educational system, we are sure that, above all, project-based courses that can solve real business situations can bring positive results to both companies and educational institutions.
Oracle Academy: And what interests you outside of teaching?
Beonghwan Jeon: I like to keep up to date with the latest technology trends, so I mostly read articles about semiconductors and new AI technologies. I’m currently reading up on data scrapping.
Hyuk Shin: I am very interested in healthy and safe foods. I regularly grow vegeatables to eat with my children. I am always thinking about how to grow plants in a healthier way. I hope that my family will be free from harmful ingredients, so I would like to find Oracle technologies that can help create an environment to grow plants for healthy and safe foods.
Oracle Academy: Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Beonghwan Jeon: We fully appreciate all the helpful information and support provided by Oracle Academy. We hope Inha University and Oracle Academy will continue their cooperation for many years.
Thank you, Dr. Byeonghwan Jeon and Hyuk Shin, for your passion for Oracle Academy and for preparing your students to make a positive impact.