Najung KIM

Research Interest

  • Early Childhood Care and Education, Education Finance, Access and quality of pre-primary education


  • 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)


  • Consultancy, Regional Study on Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education, UNESCO Bangkok(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)
  • Interpreter, Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea (March 2006-June 2008)


  • Choi, J., [et al, including Kim, N.] (2015). A Smart Way of Coping with Common Core Challenges. Journal of Educational Issues. Vol. 1, No. 2. December 2015.
  • Ogawa, K., [et al, including Kim, N.] (2016). Paper commissioned for the Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE): Investing in the foundation for lifelong learning and sustainable development. UNESCO Bangkok. Working Paper.

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 the27th 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 field work and research in various organizations and countries, which will lay important groundwork for students’ career trajectory in this field. Another determining advantage is that Prof. Ogawa’s Seminar has produced numerous alumni who are actively engaged in the work of development, a few of whom I have had the opportunity to meet, 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.