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SEOUL - Sejong Institute to be established in Prague

Charles University in Prague will be a seat of the first King Sejong Institute to be opened in the Czech Republic soon. This would be another impulse for Czech Koreanology, which has started as early as 1950, when the first regular MA study programme in Korean studies has been established.

 

The first Sejong Institute in the Czech Republic is to be opened later this year. Head of Czech Centre Seoul, Michaela Lee, accepted a designation letter on a ceremony on July 8, 2013. Sejong Institute is to be hosted at the top Czech Charles University in Prague and it will become one of 27 more such new institutes in 20 countries across the world. The number of Korea’s government-funded overseas institutes that offer Korean language courses is expected to reach 117 by the end of this year amid the global boom of Korean pop culture. Thirteen of the newly designated institutes are located in Asia, followed by eight in Europe, four in the Middle East and two in the Americas, according to the ministry.

Named after the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) king who invented the Korean alphabet Hangeul, the institutes offer language education programs teaching Korean as a second language. Currently, there are 90 such institutes in 44 countries, with about half run directly by the government and the rest run by civilian organizations with support from the government.