Ori­en­tal Stud­ies In­sti­tute to Train Korea Spe­cial­ists

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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.

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