The IES and Korea Foundation launch first independent Korea studies platform in Europe at the VUB

Korea Studies PlatformThe Korea Foundation (KF) and the Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) announce the launch of the KF-VUB Korea Chair. This Chair will kick off in the autumn of 2017 and will serve as an independent platform in Brussels to advance academically rigorous and informed discussions on policy questions that are of relevance to the Republic of Korea and Europe.

The Chair aims to fulfil the following objectives: i) increase awareness in Europe about current security and geopolitical challenges affecting the Korean peninsula; ii) provide a platform to enhance a common understanding between Korea and Europe, and strengthen our mutual awareness of geopolitical, strategic and economic developments in East Asia and Europe; iii) solidify the strategic partnership between Europe and the Republic of Korea (ROK).

The Korea Chair will enable the parties to discuss major issues confronting the ROK-Europe partnership, conduct relevant research, and communicate noteworthy issues related to Korea and East Asia to policymakers and the general European public, through the operation of relevant programmes.

The Chair will publish academically rigorous and policy relevant analyses, organise public conferences and expert workshops for in-depth discussions amongst key European and South Korean policy-makers and business leaders,and organise training programmes aimed at the next generation of European academic, policy and business leaders working on South Korea and East Asia.