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KF Global e-School Offers Korean Studies Courses  Cyber Instruction for 22 Universities in Nine  In an effort to meet the fast-growing demand for Korean Studies courses at universities worldwide, the Korea Foundation launched “KF Global e-School” in September. The pilot project provides real-time video lectures on a broad range of Korea-related subjects, including its politics, economy, and culture.


Online and Offline Education

Toward the purpose of promoting Korean Studies and Korean language education in the world, the Foundation has carried out a number of assistance programs over the past 20 years, supporting the establishment of Korean Studies professorships at leading universities overseas, dispatch of visiting professors, sponsoring academic activities, and providing scholarship aid to students. Recently, demand for various Korea-related courses has increased, but qualified educators are far too inadequate in the overall discipline of Korean Studies. Therefore, “KF Global e-School” has been devised as an innovative alternative to address this situation.

Seven universities in Korea have joined hands with 15 universities in eight other countries to kick off the cyber school. The Korean institutions include Seoul National University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, Ewha Womans University, Sookmyung Women’s University, Chung-Ang University, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The foreign partner institutions are Waseda University of Japan; Nanjing University and Beijing Foreign Studies University of China; National Chengchi University and Chinese Culture University of Taiwan; Hanoi National University College of Foreign Languages and the University of Da Nang of Vietnam; Chulalongkorn University of Thailand; University of Hong Kong; University of Gadjah Mada and Padjadjaran University of Indonesia; and the State University Higher School of Economics of Russia.

Classroom scene during a video lecture presentation for KF Global e-School at Ewha Womans University.


Along with online lectures, the e-school offers academic exchange activities, such as special class lectures and intensive workshops to overcome the limitations of video lectures and to enhance the quality of learning experience. During the 2011 spring semester, seven video lectures were conducted with the participation of a total of about 200 students in China, Japan, Vietnam, and Hong Kong. Based on the result of these demonstration classes, the current fall semester is offering full-fledged courses.

Intensive Instruction in Various Disciplines

The KF e-school program is available for students both in and outside of Korea, but certain courses offered by professors in Korea are particularly intended for overseas students only, taking into account each specific country’s academic schedule and time zone.

The lectures concern an array of fields including economy, culture, society, politics, and foreign relations. Korean Studies courses have so far been typically limited to the humanities subjects such as Korean language, history, and literature, due to a critical shortage of qualified professors in other areas. However, with the launch of KF Global e-School, Korea-related lecture courses are expected to be remarkably diversified and expanded comprise the social sciences, including politics, economy, and international relations, as well as culture and the arts.

[ 2011 KF Global e-School Lecture Schedule ]
School Lecture Title Language Period Overseas Partner Institutions Offline Programs
Country University
Seoul
National
University
Changing World Order and Korea English Jan-Feb Thailand Chulalongkorn University Offline lecture
in Thailand
(1 week)
Cultural and Social Transformation
of Contemporary Korea
English April-July Japan Waseda University
Changes in East Asia English Aug-Sept Thailand Chulalongkorn University
Cultural and Social Transformation
of Contemporary Korea
English Sept-Dec Japan Waseda University
History of Korean Culture English Sept-Dec Russia Higher School of Economics
Contemporary Korean Politics
and Economy
English Sept-Dec Russia Higher School of Economics
Hankkook
University
of Foreign
Studies
Korean Culture & Society Korean March-June China Beijing Foreign Studies
University
Korean Studies
Workshop in Seoul
(Jan-Feb 2012)
Korean Wave & Global Pop Culture Korean Sept-Dec Taiwan National Chengchi
University
Beijing Foreign Studies
University
Korean History & East Asia Korean Sept-Dec National Chengchi
University
Chinese Culture University
Chung-Ang
University
Law and Politics in Korea Korean March-June Vietnam Hanoi Unversity
of Foreign Studies
Offline lectures
in Vietnam
(1 week)
Koean Model of Political Economy Korean Hanoi Unversity
of Foreign Studies
Introduction to Korean Society Korean Sept-Dec Vietnam Hanoi Unversity
of Foreign Studies
Vietnam Da Nang University
Korean Culture and Civilization Korean Sept-Dec Mongolia Hanoi University
of Foreign Studies
Vietnam Da Nang University
Mongolia University of Humanities
Introduction to Korean Economy English Sept-Dec Vietnam Da Nang University
Foreign Relations of Korea English Sept-Dec Mongolia University of Humanities
Korea
University
Contemporary Korean Society English Sept-Dec China Nanjing University Offline lectures
in China
in late 2012
Korean Economics Policies English Sept-Dec Nanjing University
Korean Business and Management
in the Asian Context
English Sept-Dec Nanjing University
Ewha
Womans
University
Globalization and South Korean
Chaebol
English July Thailand Chulalongkorn University
Korean Traditional Music English July Hong Kong University of Hong Kong,
Harvard University
Korean Studies Workshop
in Thailand
English August Thailand Chulalongkorn University
Internaltional Development
Cooperation
English Sept-Dec Hong Kong The University
of Hong Kong
Understanding World Heritage in Korea English Sept-Dec Hong Kong The University
of Hong Kong
Thailand Chulalongkorn University
Sungkyun-
kwan
University
Management Science
and Statistical Methods
English Sept-Dec Indonesia Gadjah Mada University
Information Policy and Strategy English Sept-Dec Gadjah Mada University Offline Workshop
in Indonesia
(during vacation)
Human Resources Management English Sept-Dec Padjadjaran University
Seminar on Korean Govemance English Sept-Dec Padjadjaran University
Sookmyung
Women's
University
Korean Language for Foreigners English Sept-Dec kuwait University of kuwait Offline lectures
in Japan
Korean Politics and Foreign Policy English Sept-Dec Japan Ritsmeikan University
Korean Language for Foreigners Korean Sept-Dec Ritsmeikan University

Kim Min-jung Korean Studies Department

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