Najung KIM

Research Interest

  • Early Childhood Care and Education, Education Finance, Quality Assessment of Education, International Curriculum Analysis, Skills Development


  • Doctoral Candidate, GSICS, Kobe University (April, 2016 – Present)
  • Master of International Education, George Washington University (May, 2015)
  • Master of Interpretation and Translation, Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, Korea University of Foreign Studies (February, 2006)
  • Bachelor of Psychology, Yonsei University (February, 2004)


  • Consultant, Education 2030 team, OECD (December, 2018 – Present)
  • Intern, Early Childhood Education and Care Team, OECD (July – December, 2018)
  • Researcher, Project on Sustainable Financing Mechanism for Early Childhood Care and Education for ASEAN Countries, UNESCO Bangkok/MEXT/Kobe University (Aug 2017 – Feb 2018)
  • Consultant, Regional Study on Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education, UNESCO Bangkok/MEXT/Kobe University (January-July 2016)
  • Intern, Education Policy Reform Unit, UNESCO Bangkok (July-Nov, 2015)
  • Assistant to Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (Dec 2009-Feb 2015)
  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, Korea University of Foreign Studies (Sep-Dec 2009)
  • Editor and International Relations Coordinator, Department of International Finance, Ministry of Strategy and Finance Of Korea (March 2006-June 2008)


Lectures And Presentations

  • Kim, N. “Development of Action Plan,” Lecture Delivered at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Training For Education Officers, JICA, Japan, July, 2016.
  • Kim, N. “Financing of Early Childhood Care and Education in South Korea,” Paper Presented at the 8th Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Core-to-Core Program (Asia-Africa Science Platforms), Kobe, Japan, July, 2016.
  • Kim, N. “Situation Analysis of Korea’s Early Childhood Care and Education,” Paper Presented At the 17th International Conference on Education Research (ICER), Seoul, Korea, October, 2016.
  • Kim, N. “Integration and Financing of Early Childhood Care and Education in South Korea,” Paper Presented at the 27th Japan Society For International Development (JASID), Hiroshima, Japan, November, 2016.

Academic Association

  • Comparative And International Education Society (CIES)
  • The Japan Society for International Development (JASID)
  • The Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES)


  • Korean (Native), English (Fluent), Spanish (Advanced), French (Intermediate)

Message To Potential Candidates To Ogawa Seminar

I decided to join Prof. Ogawa’s Seminar to learn from his extensive expertise and experience in the field of international education, particularly education finance. Prof. Ogawa is one of the most supportive professors I have met when it comes to both academic and professional growth of his students. In addition, his seminar provides unique opportunities to conduct internships, field work and research in various organizations and countries, which will lay important groundwork for students’ career trajectory in this field. My initial internship at UNESCO Bangkok and research projects that I could participate in thanks to Prof. Ogawa have certainly helped me to be selected for internship at the OECD, which has led to consultancy within the same organization. Another determining advantage is that Prof. Ogawa’s Seminar has produced numerous alumni who are actively engaged in the work of development, many of whom I have had the opportunity to meet including those based in Paris, thanks to Prof. Ogawa. I recommend that you join our Seminar if you’re seeking opportunities to advance your studies in an environment that is both academically and professionally motivating.