KF Global E-school in Eurasia

Aim of the Project

The aim of this project is to launch a Eurasia-wide e-School in order to promote excellence in teaching in the field of Korean Studies and thereby support the development of a world-class innovative curriculum, with a particular focus on the social sciences. To do so Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), proposes to become the hub in the network of leading higher education institutions in Western and Central-Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. The project brings together 18 institutions located in 16 countries.

Rationale, objectives, and contribution

In the field of Korean Studies considerable attention has been paid over the past decades to the development of the humanities (especially linguistics, history, and literature – culture more generally). A smaller but growing community of scholars has emerged in the social sciences, although these have traditionally been less central to the field of Korean Studies. This is partly because of a somewhat weaker demand from students and also because of a lack of a critical mass among faculty. The launch of an E-school tackles both problems at once without creating another one (e.g. engendering competition between existing institutions):

  • On the students’ side the e-school addresses the fundamental challenge of Korean Studies Program: creating and sustaining a critical mass of students, often scattered in small numbers across several universities in Europe and Asia.
  • On the faculty side, the e-school enhances collaboration and co-teaching, enables departments where faculty is not sufficiently present to offer a strong Korean Studies curriculum thanks to the input of online and offline lectures. It also enables synergies, in both teaching and research, by allowing greater networking opportunities within the consortium.

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