- “Expanding the Horizon of Overseas Korean Studies,” Sookmyung Selected for Global e-School
Our university has been selected as a participant of “KF Global e-School 3-Step Project” that is conducted by the Korea Foundation (KF).
Following the increase of global interest in Korean studies education and research, KF Global e-School (hereinafter “e-School”) is a project that provides real-time video lectures related to Korea by utilizing our country’s advanced ICT and e-Learning technologies.
With the start of 15 schools from 9 countries in 2011, the project expanded to 111 online lectures by 55 schools from a total of 21 countries this year. Along with our university, a total of 8 schools were selected this year, including Seoul National University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, Ewha Womans University, Chung-Ang University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Hanyang University. These universities plan to provide real-time video lectures on topics that include Korea’s dynamism and future orientation to major overseas universities.
Since the beginning of the e-School project, our university and KF have diligently opened Korean studies lectures that introduce Korea’s economy, culture, and history to universities mostly in Asian regions. Not only that, as a part of excellent student fellowship of e-School, students with outstanding achievements are invited to Korea. The students are provided with the opportunities to experience Korean culture, build human networks, and increase their understanding of Korea. The exchange students also significantly increased from 61 students from 2 schools in 2011 to 535 students from 6 schools last year.
Lee Hyung-jin, Director of Office of External Affairs, explained, “Through global e-School, we are producing diverse results with exchange universities such as Erbil University in Iraq installing a Korean Studies Research Center and operating Korean lectures by installing a Korea-Vietnam Cultural Exchange Center with Hanoi University in Vietnam.”
Our university, which is to receive 3 years of aids from 2018 to 2020 through the 3-step project, plans to advance overseas Korean studies researches by expanding exchange universities that are concentrated in Asian regions to Europe, Africa, etc. and by strengthening collaboration with the existing universities. In addition, based on the know-how accumulated through e-School, our school plans to systematically review Korean studies curriculum in order to prepare an academic foundation for overseas Korean studies researches.
Our university’s Office of International Affairs announced, “We plan to include participating students of e-School in education support projects of Korean companies that target local students and attract ‘1 Company 1 International Student Scholarship Program’ that links internship while making long-term plans for creating an interdisciplinary program called Global Korean Studies through curriculum related to Korean studies for local universities.”