The education ministry said Thursday that it will conduct a large-scale survey to understand the state of university education among third-year college students across the country.

The online survey will be conducted on some 410,000 students at 515 universities between Nov. 25 and Dec. 20. The findings will be used to help improve university education.

Respondents will answer questions about classes in English beyond language courses and whether university education is useful to gain knowledge and understanding in specialized fields.

The survey will also allow respondents to write freely about university education. Students will be able to use smartphones to register for the survey, which is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete.

The ministry plans to disclose the outcome of the survey as early as April.

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