Overseas Korean Studies Incubation Program - Establishment of Korean Studies in Ljubljana

  • Project director: Prof. Dr. Andrej Bekeš, Department of Asian and African Studies, University of Ljubljana
  • Project co-directors: Dr. SHIGEMORI BUČAR, Chikako and Dr. LEE Yong
  • Project members at the University of Ljubljana: Dr. KANG Byoung Yoong and Mg. Ryu Hyeonsook
  • Duration of the project: from June 1, 2012 to June 1, 2015 (with possibility of extension)
  • Field: Korean Studies

Program Summary

Our department is in the phase of establishing a full-major undergraduate program of Korean Studies. Following the good examples of Chinese and Japanese Studies programs, the new program of Korean Studies will provide a good and solid foundation of Korean language, Korean history, literature and philosophy, together with the existing general introductions of Asian history, art and culture, and methodology of intercultural research.

  • Personnel: Visiting professor(s) for literature, culture and philosophy, residing in Ljubljana for at least 2 to 3 years (and eventually longer, if the program proves to be successful); Support for the continuation of the chief lecturer employment (Dr. Lee Yong, presently supported by Korea Foundation); Support for exchange of language lecturers (HUFS exchange program and other possible institutions).
  • Support for Conferences: Specialists in Korean matters in Europe (with a special emphasis on middle-European countries) will be invited to Ljubljana once a year to exchange ideas and learn from each other. This serves for network building of Korean Studies in Central Europe. We will also publish proceedings after each symposium.
    • 1st Korean International Symposium: January 2014
    • 2nd Korean International Symposium: June 2014
  • Library and Textbook Support: Up to now, we were given good opportunities to enrich our library with the most basic materials in relation to Korean studies: language textbooks, dictionaries, general introduction to Korean culture, history, geography and so on, but mostly in English. Since our project aims at establishing a full-major program of Korean Studies, we will need more books on Korean literature, philosophy, history and culture in the original Korean language.
  • Scholarships for Students
  • Establishment of the Center for Korean Studies in Ljubljana (in 2014)
  • Graduate program

    If the three-year undergraduate program proves efficient, the graduate program of Korean Studies will be introduced in the same manner as for Chinese and Japanese Studies.