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Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies Celebrates Opening of First Faculty of Korean Studies in Central Asia

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Date 2019-04-12 Event period 2019-04-05 ~ 2019-04-05 Read 78
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Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies Celebrates Opening of First Faculty of Korean Studies in Central Asia
On April 5, the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies in Uzbekistan hosted an official ceremony to celebrate the opening of the building for the Faculty of Korean Studies. With continued support from the Korea Foundation, the Institute established the first Faculty of Korean Studies in Central Asia last September and secured space for the Faculty in March.

The opening ceremony was attended by distinguished guests and key officials of the Institute, including Korea Foundation President Sihyung Lee, South Korean Ambassador to Uzbekistan Yong Woo Kwon, Minister of Higher and Secondary Special Education of Uzbekistan Majidov Inomjon Urishevich, Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies Rector Mannanov Abdurakhim, and Dean of Korean Studies Usmanova Shoira.

Founded in 1918 as the first state institution of higher learning in Oriental studies in Central Asia, the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies gained independent status in 1991 with an aim of promoting Oriental studies in accordance with a presidential decree. The Institute has offered Korean language education on a continual basis since the opening of the Department of Korean Philology in 1993. Courses on Korean politics and economy were provided along with language training, albeit by different faculty. Comprehensive education and research on Korea were made possible last September, when the Faculty of Korean Studies was established.

The Faculty of Korean Studies has three departments: Department of Korean Philology, Department of Economy and Politics of Korea (with majors in Korean economy and international politics), and Department of History and Culture of Korea (with majors in Korean history and Korean culture). Approximately 80 freshmen were recruited for the fall semester in September 2018. Currently, the total number of students of the Faculty of Korean Studies amounts to 300, including existing Korean studies majors. Approximately 12 percent of the 2,600 students of the Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies are enrolled in courses at the Faculty of Korean Studies.

The Korea Foundation has supported the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies through various programs, including sending visiting professors to teach Korean studies courses, development of a Korean-Uzbek dictionary and Korean grammar books, provision of Korean studies materials and resources, Korea-related academic activities, and offering of online Korean lectures through the KF Global e-School. In consideration of increasing interest in Korea in Uzbekistan, the Korea Foundation plans to continue cooperating with the Tashkent Institute of Oriental Studies to promote Korean studies.
Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies Celebrates Opening of First Faculty of Korean Studies in Central Asia

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