Korea Initiative Goals
The Korea Initiative at the Center for East Asian Studies pursues long-term goals in support of building and maintaining the UW-Madison as a regional leader in East Asian Studies, and short-term goals in support of establishing an immediate presence for Korean Studies among the faculty.
The Korea Initiative will enable the UW to build and maintain its status as the regional leader in East Asian Studies by:
* Developing and integrating Korean Studies with the existing strengths in Japanese and Chinese Studies.
* Increasing undergraduate education through increased course offerings, degree options, fellowships and study abroad opportunities.
* Supporting greater development of graduate education and faculty research relating to Korea through scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
* Increasing outreach programs to educate the public about Korea.
* Establishing institution-to-institution connections between the UW and Korean universities, and facilitating faculty-to-faculty exchange as well.
* Establishing new tenure-track positions in Korean Language, Literature, and Thought, and in other Korean humanities and social sciences such as Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science.
The first fruit of the Korea initiative was achieved mid-Spring semester when we successfully obtained a $750,000 grant from the Korea Foundation to endow a Korea Foundation Professor in Korean Studies, which will be housed in the History Department. Our next steps are to:
* Establish a permanent, tenure-track position in Korean Language and Linguistics or Korean Language and Literature.
* Solidify permanent funding for a full four years of Korean Language instruction.
* Develop funding for continuing visiting positions in Korean Social Sciences and Humanities while working to raise funds toward the tenure-track positions listed under Long-Term Goals.
* Establish additional study abroad programs and other forms of collaboration with Korean universities.