|A capstone design class can provide the valuable educational setting for students in terms of collaboration of industry-university, linking the theoretical methodology to the reality. This study examined 20 final reports by 97 students who took the capstone design program in Dong-A university. 70%of student were able to generate international trade sales within one semester proving young students have advantage in time and passion.
Our analysis found that students limit their potential due to the lack of real industry exposure. Students chose only the light consumer items while most of SME export items are intermediate industry items and 88%of employment is held by SME. And with the advent of 4thindustrial revolution, students shows great interests learning e-commerce related skills as online marketing is a key factor for success in their business model.
Implication of our research is summarized into two; first, our finding is in accordance with Kim Hyun-jae and Choi Young-joon (2015) that skills and quality mismatch between the labor demand from industry and supply from university increases the idle labour amount. secondly, therefore, it is necessary to increase the quality of capstone design class to reduce the mismatch and improve the efficiency of labor market. Although Capstone design is a good program for students to experience the whole process of trading, it is not easy to find practical field problems at university. Therefore, further research on linking capstone design program with industry would be necessary.