The University of South Australia: At the Vanguard of Globalisation of Korean Language and Culture
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The University of South Australia: At the Vanguard of Globalisation of Korean Language and Culture

The University of South Australia (UniSA) is a globally connected and engaged university, as articulated in our strategic plan – Enterprise 25, UniSA has a strong commitment to educate graduates who are global learners and collaborate on research with impact.

In UniSA’s global engagement strategy, Korea is a high priority, which is evidenced by the close relationships we have formed with several Korean universities including Sookmyung Women’s University, Chung-Ang University, Sogang University, The Seoul National University of Education, and The Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and many of our students have undertaken study in Korea under programs such as the New Colombo Plan.

The King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF) Korea, which supports the promotion of Korean language and culture in King Sejong Institutes (KSIs) around the world, was established in 2012. Launched in September 2016, King Sejong Institute (KSI) Adelaide at the UniSA was one of only nine hubs in the world to be awarded that year, and the only one in Australia. And the UniSA is currently one and only University that runs King Sejong Institute across Australasia at the tertiary level. Successful public engagement around the KSI Adelaide saw enrolments increase from 22 students in 2016 to more than 200 in 2017 and 2018. Our numbers have increased by a third again in 2019, with 150 students enrolled in the first half of the year for Korean language and culture classes. This year (2019), the UniSA KSI has been awarded the Citation by the KSIF Korea for the recognition of the outstanding performance chosen among 101 King Sejong Institutes across the glove along with 3 other awarded KSIs including Hue University (Vietnam), Universidad ORT (Uruguay), and Sofia University (Bulgaria).

Collaboratively operated by UniSA and the Korean Cultural Centre Australia, the KSI Adelaide supports Australian – and especially South Australian – companies to be better equipped to do business in Korea. This will be a special mission for the KSI Adelaide at UniSA. The UniSA KSI Adelaide, led by director Professor You-il Lee, builds on already productive research and student exchange relationships with Korea. In addition to undertaking research in relation to Korea and creating research connections, the Institute leads a local focus on developing an understanding of Korean culture and language.