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Mission Statement

The Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University is a research-oriented think tank with a unique approach.
This comprehensive institution, founded in 1972, promotes peace and the unification of Korea through scholarly contributions focusing on the Korean peninsula an Northeast Asia.

  • Although the Institute fundamentally deals with international relations, and its effects on Korea, we are also concerned about advancing the quality of life. Thus, we are eclectic in our research activities, also investing in such issues as the rule of law in Korea, the welfare of North Korean defectors living in South Korea, as well as fostering an entrepreneurial spirit toward North Korea.

Branch Offices in Korea and Abroad

Branch Offices in Korea and Abroadf
Branch Offices Director Location Date
Masan, Korea Dr. Yong-Bok KIM Main Campus of Kyungnam University 1994
Canada Dr. David Ownby The Center for East Asian Studies, Universite de Montreal 1997
Australia Dr. Marika Vicziany Monash Asia Institute 1996
Southeast Asia Dr. Medhi Krongkaew Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University 1995
Portland, USA Dr. Melvin Gurtov The Portland State University 1995
Russia Dr. Michael Nossov The Institute of USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Social Science 1995

The IFES is primarily engaged in the following activities

  • Research projects on issues concerning North Korea, the unification of the Korean peninsula, and East Asian affairs.
  • Organizing and sponsoring seminars, workshops, conferences, and lectures by Korean and foreign scholars.
  • Publishing original and translated works in Korean and foreign languages.
  • Providing research and library facilities for scholars and students working in Asian and international affairs.
  • For almost thirty years, the IFES has been a highly regarded institution through its unprecedented contributions to domestic and international issues.