Oriental Studies Institute to Train Korea Specialists
To train qualified, competitive specialists in the fields of linguistics, history, philosophy, culture, economy and politics of South Korea, the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies has announced it opened the Faculty of Korean Studies, to launch its activity from the 2018/ 2019 academic year.
The new faculty included the departments “Korean Linguistics”, “Korean Economy and Politics”, “Korean History and Culture”. In the coming academic year they will be provided with a qualified faculty. With support from the Embassy and the Education Center of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan, it is planned to attract prominent specialists from the country.
An important role in the development of the faculty will be played by the presidential decree on additional measures to improve the quality of education in higher educational institutions and ensure their active participation in large- scale reforms in the country. In accordance with this document, it will be possible to receive education both in Uzbekistan and in Korea. The diploma will be recognized mutually owing to the implementation of joint educational programs with Korean partners.
Recently, the delegation of the Institute visited the Republic of Korea. A memorandum was signed on the possible opening of the faculty of Korean Studies jointly with the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies , one of the leading universities in the country. In the long term, this will make it possible to attract specialists from Hankuk to the management of the educational process, organize the teaching of disciplines on the basis of modern literature used in the Korean university, and gradually switch to a credit system for assessing students’ knowledge. In the short term, as early as the 2018/ 2019 academic year, the Korean methodology will be introduced with curriculum and syllabi development, and the faculty will have access to the syllabuses of all disciplines of the Korean university.
It is noteworthy that the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies successfully operates a department and a research institute for the study of Central Asia. That is the only university in Korea, where Uzbekistan specialists are trained since 2007. The founder and head of the department, director of the Scientific Research Institute Professor Song Yong- hoon stressed that until 2017, the quota on admission from Kazakhstan prevailed, and so did financing of scientific research projects of that country. However, after the state visit by the President of Uzbekistan to Seoul last November, similar indicators for our republic began to lead for the first time in 2018.
During the meeting with the leadership of the Academy of Korean Studies of the Republic of Korea, an agreement on cooperation was signed, according to which the organization will fund thematic academic research in the Institute, conduct joint international conferences and use the necessary equipment and technologies.
In 2019, teacher of the Hankuk University Sang Hyum Young will be admitted to the doctorate in Uzbek to the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies. He will become the second specialist of this university to conduct postgraduate studies at the Institute. In 2009, Li Ji- yong, now a professor at the Department of Central Asia of Hankuk University, successfully defended her Ph. D. in political science at the Institute.