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2020 Orientation Meeting for KF Visiting Professors in Korean Language and Korean Studies

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Date 2020-08-24 Event period 2020-08-11 ~ 2020-08-11 Read 60
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2020 Orientation Meeting for KF Visiting Professors in Korean Language and Korean Studies
On August 11, 2020, the Korea Foundation (KF) held an orientation meeting for newly selected KF Visiting Professors. These educators will be sent to 30 universities in 21 countries to teach Korean language and Korean studies courses beginning from in the fall semester of 2020.

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KF President Lee Geun opened the meeting with welcoming remarks, expressing his expectation that the visiting professors would fulfill their roles and duties to promote Korean studies abroad as citizen diplomats representing the Republic of Korea. He also explained the KF’s plans and priorities regarding safety, and how these have resulted in a delay in the dispatch of visiting professors, as well as the approval of online courses hosted from Korea in consideration of the current COVID-19 situation.

2020 KF 한국어⁄학 객원교수 오리엔테이션1

The orientation meeting served as an occasion to provide the visiting professors with information related to their teaching and the status of Korean studies programs at host institutions. Special lectures were also offered on public diplomacy, territorial names, safety, Korean pronunciation, and other topics useful in enhancing professors’ knowledge and helping them adapt to the local situation. The lectures were followed by a Q&A session and a meeting with the KF’s program coordinators.

2020 KF 한국어⁄학 객원교수 오리엔테이션2

The KF selects and sends qualified instructors to overseas universities that plan to open or expand courses on Korean language and Korean studies but face difficulties in finding appropriate teaching faculty. Currently, 64 visiting professors have been sent by the KF to teach Korean language and Korean studies courses at 64 universities in 46 countries in total.

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