March | 2014 | The Asia Institute

The Asia Institute Seminar in Chinese: “China’s Future International Role”

March 8, 2014

Sookmyung Women’s University

The Asia Institute seminar on “China’s Future International Role” brought together ten professors, diplomats and students for an intense discussion in Chinese language about China’s increasing role in the globe as a leader and what the nature of its

cultural and economic impact will be.

March 8, 2014

The Asia Institute hosts a seminar on Korea-Brazil Academic Exchange together with Embassy of Brazil and Sogang University

The Asia Institute jointly hosted a seminar for a group of 70 students from Brazil who are studying in Korea for one year as part of the “Science without Borders Korea” program. After an opening address by the Ambassador of Brazil to Korea, Edmundo Fujita, in which he spoke about the new potential for Brazil to cooperate with Korea, Director Pastreich spoke about the cultural flexibility and institutional flexibility of Korea that has made it so attractive to students from around the world. The event was an opportunity to discuss in depth the importance of Korea and East Asia for Brazil and to consider plans for future cooperation. Dennis Pomaquero, who is heading The Asia Institute’s engagement with Latin America, also attended.

The event was hosted by The Asia Institute, the Federal Government of Brazil, Sogang University and the Korea Foundation for the Promotion of Private Schools.

Business Korea joined up with The Asia Institute to hold the first in a series of Breakfast Seminars recently that gather together thought leaders in Korea’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) scene to discuss an issue weighing on the mind of many in the industry: how to unleash Korea’s ICT potential. In attendance were five noted members of the public, academic, and private ICT sectors who offered clear insight into the current status of thought and opinion on the questions presented to them. The following are excerpts from the meeting.

Dr. Emanuel Pastreich: Let’s identify the specific strengths of Korea and what some of the weaknesses are. We all probably agree that Korea has all the prerequisites to be the center of ICT for the world. It has all the necessary conditions in place. But let’s just talk about what your feelings are about what Korea has been good at, and what it has not been so good at.

Director Lee Sang-hun: I would like to first point out Korea’s ardent enthusiasm for technology as one of our strong points. Such exceptional interest in recent technology has made Koreans one of the most technology-savvy peoples in the world. Given its extraordinarily fast development in technology, Korea has therefore become an ideal place to first launch and test the state-of-the-art technology. This is indeed our foremost strong point in technological development.  Continue Reading