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Foundation Programs and Plans for 2006

[ Intellectual Exchanges Department ]

Bilateral Forums
The Foundation conducts annual bilateral forums with countries closely involved with the Korean peninsula, including the U.S., Japan, China, Russia, France, the U.K., Germany, and India, to come up with ways to bolster bilateral relations through frank discussion of pending issues and matters of mutual concern. The bilateral forums are attended by representative figures from each country's government, business, media, academic, and social/cultural sectors. Of note, the Foundation organized the first Korea-Brazil forum in 2005, reflecting Korea's efforts to fortify its cooperative relations with the so-called BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, China) emerging economies. In 2006, the Foundation plans to host 6 forums and support 5.

Invitation Program
The Foundation invites distinguished individuals and experts to visit Korea in order to foster goodwill and friendly relations. These guests, who visit relevant organizations for the exchange of knowledge and information, are provided with an opportunity to gain firsthand experience about Korea's history and culture for a better understanding of Korea and its people. Under this program, the Foundation will invite about 50 prominent guests to Korea in 2006.

Invitation Program for Next-Generation Leaders
The Foundation actively supports interaction with next-generation leaders who will assume leadership roles in the international community in the near future. As such, the Foundation invites young leaders from the U.S., Japan, China, Russia and European countries, as well as those from countries of Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, the CIS, and Eastern Europe, with which Korea seeks to expand its cooperative relations. In 2006, the Foundation will organize "Future Leaders Forum: Korea, China and Japan," with the participation of young leaders. In addition, for the first time, next-generation leaders from the Western Europe region will be invited to visit Korea.


[ Culture and Arts Department ]

Support for Overseas Museums
The Foundation extends support to prominent museums abroad for the establishment of Korean galleries to secure permanent space for the exhibition of Korean art and culture. The Foundation also provides assistance for various exhibitions and programs undertaken by these Korean galleries, in addition to conducting an annual workshop for curators of Korean art so that participants can enhance their professional expertise through firsthand experience.
In 2006, the Foundation will continue to provide support to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History for its Korean gallery project, currently under construction, and initiate its assistance to the University of Michigan Museum of Art, for which an agreement on the establishment of a Korean gallery was concluded in December 2005. The Foundation is also supporting the establishment of a Korean gallery at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography in Russia, and a special exhibition to commemorate the establishment of a Korean gallery at the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts in India.
In conjunction with the Korean galleries of overseas museums, the Foundation will sponsor a special exhibition on Korean fine arts at the National Museum of Asian Art in Greece, and educational programs on Korean culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in the U.S. In 2006, the Foundation will also organize the Eighth Workshop for Korean Art Curators.

Performances and Exhibitions
The Foundation organizes and supports various performances and exhibitions to make Korean culture more widely known throughout the world. In 2006, to commemorate the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and France, and the Year of Mutual Visits between Korea and the U.K., the Foundation will extend its support for the promotion of various programs with these two countries. For example, the Foundation will hold performances of distinguished artists and traditional Korean music, in France and the U.K., and a demonstration of Korean food in France, along with providing assistance for related performances and exhibitions in the two countries.
In addition, the Foundation plans to hold touring performances of Korean art troupes and exhibitions of Korean contemporary art in countries where Korean culture is not readily accessible.


[ Korean Studies Department ]

In 2005, the general public and the government of Korea showed keen interest in Korean Studies overseas due to the Korean news media's extensive coverage of the recent difficulties of the Korean Studies program at the University of Oxford. As a result, a general consensus was reached on the need for more concerted support for Korean Studies overseas and reinforcement of the assistance provided to the Foundation for the more effective implementation of its programs. In response to this heightened interest and expectations, the Foundation will actively pursue efforts to establish a more efficient and multifaceted support system in 2006.

Survey of Korean Studies Overseas
Based on the results of a survey of Korean Studies programs overseas undertaken in the latter half of 2005, the Foundation will publish a report on the current status of Korean Studies abroad. The report is intended to serve as a basic reference source for the Foundation's more effective support of Korean Studies programs.

Support Strategy
The Foundation will conduct regional workshops with Korean Studies scholars to analyze the survey results of Korean Studies programs and evaluate the effectiveness of the Foundation's current support programs by region.
Through these efforts, the Foundation seeks to devise support programs and implementation strategies specifically tailored to the actual circumstances of Korean Studies programs by individual region. Regional workshops in North America, Europe, China, Russia, and the CIS have been scheduled for 2006. The Foundation also plans to organize various activities, including lecture tours on Korea-related subjects by Korean specialists, to stimulate demand for Korean Studies.

Infrastructure for Korean Studies
In 2006, the Foundation will provide support to 64 universities in 26 countries for Korean- Studies-related professorships, lectures, seminars, international conferences, and various outreach activities. There has been a noticeable increase in the share of the Foundation's support allocated to European universities, including the University of Oxford. European universities, which have been undergoing extensive restructuring due to the Bologna Process, are now actively seeking support from external sources. The establishment of professorships based on external assistance is rather limited since it is implemented only in such regions as North America, Europe, and Australia. Accordingly, universities that are not able to maintain Korean Studies faculty members actively utilize the Foundation's visiting professorship program. In line with this program's steady expansion in recent years, the Foundation plans to dispatch visiting professors to such countries as Germany, France, India, the Philippines, China, and Malaysia in 2006.


[ Korean Language Department ]

In response to the recent surge in demand for Korean-language education, the Foundation is actively extending support for Korean-language education overseas in an effort to invigorate and upgrade the quality of the teaching of Korean as a foreign language.

Training of Korean-Language Educators
The Foundation plans to organize various workshops and training programs, at home and abroad, for Korean-language educators so that they can learn up-to-date teaching methods and provide more effective language instruction. In 2006, scheduled programs include a workshop for Korean-language educators from Southeast and Southwest Asian countries, to be held at Burapha University, Thailand, in February; a training program for Korean-language educators from Central Asian countries, to be held in Uzbekistan; and training programs for Korean-language instructors from China, Japan, and Eastern European countries. The Foundation will also continue to support Korean speech contests in Asian and European countries to encourage students to learn Korean and provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate their Korean proficiency.

Dispatch of Visiting Professors of Korean Language
The Foundation dispatches Korean-language professors to foreign universities for more effective teaching of Korean-language courses. Under this program, in 2006, the Foundation will support visiting professors at 22 universities, including Beijing International Studies University in China and Yerevan University of Foreign Studies in Armenia. To lay an infrastructure for Korean-language education abroad, the Foundation also plans to provide financial assistance to 20 foreign universities for their Korean-language teaching staff.

Korean-Language Training Program
Apart from the Korea Foundation Fellowship for Korean Language Training, under which about 80 students and professionals are annually invited to Korea to attend the Korean-language institutions of Korea's leading universities, the Foundation invites foreign affairs officials for Korean language training. In 2005, diplomats from Southeast Asian countries benefited from this program, while the beneficiaries in 2006 will be expanded to foreign affairs officials from Africa, the Middle East, and the CIS. A total of 22 diplomats would visit Korea and learn Korean language at the Language Institute of Seoul National University.

Development of Textbooks
The Foundation supports the development of Korean-language textbooks in foreign languages. In 2006, the development of Korean textbooks in Romanian and Hindi is being supported, along with Korean textbooks in Bulgarian and Turkish being published with the Foundation's assistance.


[ Fellowship Program Department ]

While continuing with efforts to fine-tune its programs for targeted recipients and regions, in 2006, the Foundation will implement various types of fellowship programs and extend support for advanced research and workshops in order to foster additional Korean Studies scholars, encourage specialists to conduct in-depth research, and enhance foreign educators' understanding of Korea.

Fellowship for Field Research
The Foundation plans to steadily increase the number of Fellowship for Field Research recipients. As such, cooperation with eight major graduate schools of international studies in Korea will be strengthened through the Distinguished Visiting Scholar program. The Foundation will more actively organize Korean Studies forums in conjunction with Yonsei University and Sogang University to provide Korea Foundation Fellows with an opportunity to present their research results and expand their personal academic networks.

Fellowship for Graduate Studies
Following the continued expansion of scholarship support for graduate students of Korean Studies abroad in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Japan, Oceania, and China, the Foundation will enhance its fellowship support to foreign graduate students of Korean Studies enrolled at Korean universities, while making efforts to better suit the local needs of each regional group in nurturing local young scholarts in Korean studies on the spot.

Support for Research and Publication
The Foundation will increase its support of scholars for their research, writing, and publication of Korean Studies and Korean-language textbooks. Under the Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Advanced Research Grant programs, the Foundation will expand its assistance for relevant scholars in Western Europe and Oceania, in an effort to promote regional diversification, while continuing to provide support to those in North America, where the most extensive research activities on Korea are being undertaken. As for the provision of publication subsidies for outstanding books on Korea, it has been encouraging that the number of applications from prominent foreign publishers has shown steady growth, as a result of broadened awareness of this program. In 2006, the Foundation plans to support the publication of several Korea-related books in various regions.

'Study Korea Program' for Educators
The Foundation hosts "Study Korea" workshops for foreign educators to provide an opportunity for them to attend lectures on Korea and acquire firsthand experience about Korean culture. The annual workshops, which thus far have been offered to those from English-speaking countries, Japan, and China, will be made available to educators from the United States, Southeast Asia and Western Europe in 2006.


[ Media Department ]

Periodicals
Following the inaugural publication of Arabic and Russian editions of the Foundation's representative periodical, Koreana, in 2005, the Foundation will resume the publication of a Japanese version of Koreana and a new German-language edition in 2006. With addition of the Japanese and German editions, Koreana will reinforce its standing as one of Korea's most representative magazines on Korean culture and art, with editions in eight of the world's major languages for serving a truly global readership. As for Korea Focus, the bimonthly journal on current affairs in Korea, efforts will now be concentrated on providing access to its content in a Webzine format, for more timely distribution of relevant information.

Monographs and Books on Korea
The Foundation is scheduled to publish books on Korean palaces, Buddhist temples, trends of traditional Korean painting, Korean handcrafted knot-work, and Buddhist statues in the first half of 2006. Seowon: The Architecture of Korea's Private Academies and Tradition, Modernity and Identity: Modern and Contemporary Art in Korea were published in 2005, under the Foundation's , to broaden awareness of Korean culture and art among English-language readers. Multi-year projects, related to the publication of a book on Korea's art history and a bibliography of Korean Studies dissertations, will be continued in 2006.

Multimedia Production and Publication Subsidy
Recently, there has been surging demand for printed and multimedia materials in foreign languages with information about Korean culture and art. In response to this situation, in 2005, the Foundation launched new programs to support the production of multimedia content and books on Korea and its culture, for which applications have been solicited from qualified producers of such materials. Under these programs, the Foundation will provide support to five projects in 2006: three for multimedia productions and two for the publication of books on Korea. Considering the ever-increasing significance and effect of multimedia materials in publicizing a positive image, the Foundation plans to steadily strengthen its support for multimedia production at home and abroad.

Distribution of Reference Materials
As part of the efforts to promote Korean Studies and introduce Korea to the world, the Foundation distributes reference materials on Korea. In 2005, the Foundation initiated a new program to distribute introductory materials on Korea to rectify a previous overemphasis of support for North America, Europe, and Asia. Under this new program, the Foundation distributes basic materials on Korea, including multimedia content, in Korean, English, and other languages to universities, research institutes, and public libraries in Central and South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, where the development of Korean Studies remains at a nascent stage.


[ Korea Foundation Cultural Center ]

Since its opening in September 2005, the Korea Foundation Cultural Center has focused its efforts on enhancing Korean people's understanding about foreign cultures, as well as introducing Korean culture to foreigners in Korea. It also provides assistance to foreign embassies in Korea, without their own cultural facilities, for the introduction of their cultures to the Korean public. During the past several months, the Cultural Center has hosted seven exhibitions, two film festivals, regular film screenings (26 occasions), six performances, and a variety of lectures and seminars (53 occasions). In addition, the Cultural Center's volunteer staff members have conducted a total of 110 Korean-language classes thus far, while a growing number of users now stop by at the library.
In 2006, above all, the Cultural Center will strive to firmly consolidate its status as an "open space for international exchange." The key to attaining this goal will be to diversify its programs, plan and implement activities with popular appeal, and maintain continuous operations. Therefore, while the Cultural Center will continue to work closely with foreign embassies to introduce their cultures, it will gradually expand its own mid- and long-term programs. The first fruit of these efforts is the "Buddhist Art of India" exhibition, which displays artifacts on loan from the National Museum of India, from January 18 through February 28, 2006.
Attracting a wider range of visitors is another objective of the Cultural Center in 2006. So far, the Cultural Center has been able to emerge as a venue for international cultural exchange thanks to the support of diplomatic missions in Korea, relevant individuals, and foreign students attending the Korean-language classes. The Cultural Center, however, hopes to see a larger number of Korean visitors, who might not yet be familiar with the Center, at the noteworthy programs being presented there.