Monday, April 11, 2016

1st professorship on Koreanology to be set up at Singaporean university

Image from article, with caption: Korean Foundation chief Yu Hyun-seok (3rd from R) and Bertil Andersson (3rd from L), head of Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, pose for a photo in Seoul on April 11, 2016, after signing a pact to establish the first endowed professorship in Korean studies, in this photo released by the foundation.

The Korean Foundation, affiliated with the South Korean Foreign Ministry, and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) signed a pact on Monday to establish the first endowed professorship in Korean studies, the foundation said.

The pact, signed between Korean Foundation chief Yu Hyun-seok and NTU President Bertil Andersson, calls for the establishment of the post of professor in Korean studies and a course on contemporary Korean society starting in next year's fall semester at the earliest.

It marks the first time to have a Koreanology professor among Singaporean universities.

At a ceremony marking the signing of the pact, Yu said it will pave the way for Korean studies to be further developed in the overseas academic sphere, and Andersson hailed the agreement as "a bridge to conduct a systematic research of Korean culture, history and language in the Singaporean academic circle."

A 2015 regional ranking released by the Times Higher Education shows the Singaporean school edged up a spot to 10th place among the top 100 Asian universities.

The Korean Foundation, a leading organization of South Korea’s international exchange and public diplomacy initiatives, has endeavored to set up 119 professorships at major overseas higher educational institutions and given support to 6,400 people involved in the area of Korean studies.

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