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UCLan announces new Professor of Korean Studies

17 December 2013

Press Office

‘Global Korea’ conference planned in 2014

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has appointed Hazel Smith as Professor and Director of Korean Studies.

She will be responsible for providing academic and research leadership within UCLan’s new Institute of Korean Studies which is based within the School of Language, Literature and International Studies (SoLLIS).

The new Institute is one of only three in the UK to offer undergraduate teaching in Korean studies. It will be the only academic centre in the UK, and one of the few in the world, to offer a Masters course in North Korean studies.

It will be the only academic centre in the UK, and one of the few in the world, to offer a Masters course in North Korean studies.

Students will benefit from a unique offer of social and political science courses on Korea as well as language teaching. In addition, the Institute plans to collaborate with international institutions and businesses; preparing students for career options in international business, foreign ministries and government departments including DFID (Department for International Development).

In the near future the Institute will launch its own website offering course information to current and prospective students from the UK and abroad.

An official ‘Global Korea’ launch conference, involving senior academics and policy makers from all over the world, is planned for September 2014 in Preston.