Centre for Effective Learning Environments (CELE)

About the Educational Facilities Research and Management Center, Korea


Korea Zero Emission School
The Zero Emission School (ZES) is a zero-enegy and zero-carbon school in the concept design phase, which willl be financed by a public-private initiative.


Dr. Jin-Il Cho
Educational Facilities Research & Management Center (EDUMAC)
35, Baumeo-Ro 1 Gil,
Seocho-Gu, Seoul

Dr. Sung-Chul Park
Team Manager
Educational Facilities Research & Management Center (EDUMAC)
35, Baumeo-Ro 1 Gil,
Seocho-Gu, Seoul

Ms. Hyeong-Ju Choi
Educational Facilities Research & Management Center (EDUMAC)
35, Baumeo-Ro 1 Gil,
Seocho-Gu, Seoul
Web site: http://edumac.kedi.re.kr/main/index.php


Roles and responsibilities

The Educational Facilities Research & Management Center (EDUMAC) is an international research institute under the umbrella of the Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) which provides support and implementation guidance for school facilities projects for all school levels from primary to tertiary education. EDUMAC strives to provide quality educational facilities for both publicly-funded schools and in schools constructed through public-private-partnerships (PPPs). EDUMAC promotes the PPP facilities freely accessible to the general public. In addition, the Centre seeks to improve and globalise school facilities by organising forums on and cooperating with international institutions to develop new agendas and stimulate public discussions around the construction and use of educational facilities. KEDI's activities, research and projects are supported by extensive field-based research.

Main areas of policy and research interest

  • Assessment of educational facilities:
    • Development of models for calculating student population within large-scale developmental district
    • School relocation and measures for its practical use
    • Support to make school buildings and facilities open to the general public
    • Selection of school location and feasibility reviews of new school proposals
  • Project manual development for PPP school projects:
    • Requests proposals (RFP) for PPP projects, and develops standard requirements for performance and operational manuals
    • Data analysis, policy suggestions, project design, evaluation and management
    • Feasibility and efficacy study of PPP projects (BTL, BTO)
    • Data analysis, policy suggestions, project design, evaluation and management
  • Design guideline development for creative schools:
    • Standards for kindergarten, primary and secondary school facilities
    • Guidelines on use and installation of CCTV cameras in schools
    • Development of school design evaluation tools
    • Environmentally friendly schools, Green Schools
    • School safety through Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Exemplary facilities and good practice in educational facilities investment

Click here to access more than 20 educational facilities featured and/or submitted to the OECD Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities, in addition to guidelines, policy and research documents and other relevant information on Korea.


Latest news...

  • In 2012, following a school safety and security policy initiative by the Korean government, 8.5 units of CCTV cameras were installed per school and existing CCTV cameras were replaced by high resolution CCTV cameras. To ensure correct installation and use of CCTV cameras, the Educational Facilities Research and Management Center (EDUMAC), Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI) developed “Guidelines for Designing and Operating CCTV System for School Safety”. The guidelines provide basic instructions on CCTV system installation and operation to school users in a comprehensible form.
  • Enhancing University Competitiveness through Educational Facilities, Published by the Korean Educational Development Unit, Seoul.
    This report summarises discussions at an international conference on this topic held in Seoul in June, 2012.  It describes three broad trends in higher education – the impact of technology, changes in demography and internationalisation – and then draws together the issues discussed in the four conference themes: university vision and the facility of the future; and the design, procurement and management of university facilities.

Why join the Group of National Experts on Effective Learning Environments (GNE)? EDUMAC, Korea says:

“Networking can derive great ideas for our students. Over the last 10 years, we have made a good relationship with many organizations such as NIER of Japan. Through partiicpating in the GNE, we want to share valuable knowledge with experts in educational facilities all over the world as well as contribute to globally enhance the quality of educational facilities.”

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