A prestigious university in rapidly aging South Korea is preparing to launch courses to help senior citizens get the most out of retirement, according to officials.
The plan was unveiled by Seoul National University chief Lee Jang-Moon last week at a meeting with his counterpart from the University of Tokyo, school officials said, adding a pilot program is due as early as this autumn.
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The university currently runs non-degree courses for the general public but not a program exclusively for retirees.
"It is time to research how to spend a fruitful post-retirement period," Lee was quoted as saying last week.
After years of promoting family planning in the crowded nation of 48.6 million, South Korea in recent years has become increasingly alarmed at its aging society.
The country's birthrate, the average number of babies born during a woman's lifetime, remained near the world's lowest at 1.19 last year. Fears are growing that the population will start shrinking within a decade.
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