The grant money will be provided over a five-year period to be used for establishing a network with Korean studies specialists in Latin America and for strengthening the Korean studies program at UCLA.
Date: August 30, 2006
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The UCLA Center for Korean Studies has received a $1.2 million major grant from the Academy of Korean Studies based in Seoul, Korea.
The grant money will be provided over a five-year period to be used for establishing a network with Korean studies specialists in Latin America and for strengthening the Korean studies program at UCLA. UCLA has the largest Korean studies program in North America, with more than 2,500 undergraduates taking courses on Korea each year and more than 50 graduate students engaged in study and research related to Korea.
Professor John Duncan, director of the UCLA Center for Korean Studies, expressed his gratitude for the Academy for Korean Studies' recognition of the excellence of UCLA's program.
"The grant will be helpful in maintaining the quality of research and instruction on Korea at UCLA by providing funds for graduate student fellowships and for hiring a visiting professor of Korean politics and international relations," Duncan said. "It will be valuable in strengthening academic ties between the Center for Korean Studies and UCLA's Latin American Center, which will be collaborating in establishing the network in Mexico and South America."
The UCLA project team on the grant includes Duncan, Kyeyoung Park, associate professor of anthropology, and Randal Johnson, director of the Latin American Center at the UCLA International Institute and professor in the department of Spanish and Portuguese.
The academy said the funding is part of its program to help support Korean studies at four prominent international institutions, which also include the University of Washington, the University of London and the University of New South Wales in Australia.
UCLA will be the first to receive Academy of Korean Studies support this year. Korean officials said their funding program will be expanded gradually to include more overseas institutions.
About the center
The UCLA Center for Korean Studies was established in 1993 to coordinate development of UCLA's burgeoning programs in this field of research. The center, part of the UCLA International Institute, now presides over the biggest Korean Studies program on the mainland of the United States, with the most specialists dedicated to Korea on its faculty and the largest number of students studying Korean subjects, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
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