Institute for Modern Korean Studies
The institute was established in 1997 to enhance and improve the quality of scholarly research in modern Korean studies

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Institute of Modern Korean Studies:

 

Yonsei University, one of the oldest modern institutions of higher learning in Korea, has a long history of research in modern Korean studies, dating back to the early years of this century. In 1997, the Institute for Modern Korean Studies (IMKS) was established as an affiliate of the university's Graduate School of International Studies to carry on this tradition in research.


The establishment of the institute was made possible to a large degree by the creation of an endowment with a multi-billion-won fund provided by the Samsung Group, the donation of a spacious and attractive private mansion for use as institute facility by its owner, Ms. Song-Ok Choi and her brother, Mr. Pyong-Seul Choi; and by the acquisition of private papers of the late Dr. Syngman Rhee, the first president of the Republic of Korea, which had been in the custody of Dr. Insoo Rhee, the late president's adopted son, at the Ihwajang.


The IMKS seeks to enhance and improve the overall quality of scholarly research in modern Korean studies and encourage the development of fresh views on and deeper insight into modern Korean history, culture, and society, based on a "Korean perspective".


Yonsei University, one of the oldest modern institutions of higher learning in Korea, has a long history of research in modern Korean studies, dating back to the early years of this century. In 1997, the Institute for Modern Korean Studies (IMKS) was established as an affiliate of the university's Graduate School of International Studies to carry on this tradition in research.


Contact:
Tel: 02-2123-4437
Email: imks4437@yonsei.ac.kr