A great number of teaching staff and students of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Split attended the formal opening ceremony of the Centre for Cross-Cultural and Korean Studies, on October 17th 2018, at the Faculty’s central building in Split, Croatia. The foundation of this Centre is the result of Faculty’s successful application to the Seed Program for Korean Studies, announced by The Academy of Korean Studies (AKS), an institution under the Ministry of Education of Korea.
The complete list of recipients of the Seed Program for Korean Studies by the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is available on the following web page (please copy and paste the link):
The most important goal of our project proposal was the establishment of the Centre for Cross-Cultural and Korean Studies.
The head of this project, as well as the Centre, is Professor Boris Škvorc. The members of the team who worked on the project proposal draft, which served as the basis for the foundation of the Centre, are Professor Kim Sang Hun from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, Gloria Vickov, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, and GordanMatas, Vice-dean for Science and International Cooperation at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split. Other associates who are part of the newly founded Centre, in the roles of activity organizers and researchers, are Brian Willems, Eni Buljubašić, Paula Jurišić, Marko Dragić and SrećkoJurišić, all teaching staff from various departments of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, as well as Professor Slobodan Jokić from the Academy of Fine Arts in Split.
In addition to courses in Korean language and culturewhichare carried out by lecturers and language instructors from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, the Centre’s activities include the startup of Cross-Cultural Studies Review, an international research journal, and conducting comparative, cross-cultural research in the field of cultural transfer, cultural and literary comparison, multimedia, and comparative film and visual studies. Further education and training in the field of Korean cultural studies will also be implemented.
Furthermore, the Centre will also establish a collaboration with colleagues from other universities in the Republic of Croatia and from the wider region. The Centre will establish close cooperation with the Comparative Studies Research Institute at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
The Faculty was greatly honoured that His Excellency Park Won-sup, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the Republic of Croatia, was able to attend the opening ceremony. After being shown the Faculty’s new building, His Excellency and his entourage were warmly welcomed at the rector’s conference room, where he was personally greeted by Gloria Vickov, the Faculty’s Dean, GordanMatas, the Faculty’s Vice-dean for Science and International Cooperation, ĐurđicaMiletić, theUniversity of Split’s Vice-rector for International Cooperation, Goran Kardum, the University of Split’s Vice-rector for Education, and Boris Škvorc, head of the Centre. After the reception, His Excellency Park Won-sup held a lecture on Korean culture in one of the Faculty’s teaching halls, and in front of a large audience consisting of professors and students. The unveiling of the Centre’s placard took place after the lecture. The Ambassador was joined by the Faculty dean for the formal unveiling of the Centre’s placard.
The activities of the opening ceremony were also attended by all the members of the Faculty’s Management Board (in addition to the abovementioned dean and vice dean, these also included professor Irena Mišurac, Vice-dean for Finance and Administration, and professor DarkoHren, Vice-dean for Education and Student Affairs).
The opening ceremony was followed by a lunch hosted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The lunch was attended by His Excellency Park Won-sup and his entourage, the Faculty dean professor Gloria Vickov, and all the vice-deans, the University of Split rector, professor Dragan Ljutić and the abovementioned vice-rectors, professor Boris Škvorc, the Centre head, as well as other collaborators with the Centre.
Members of the newly founded Centre for Cross-Cultural and Korean Studies would like to extend theirthanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and their Ambassador, His Excellency Park Won-sup, the entire Management Board of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split, and the Management Board of the University of Split for their extensive support.
And last and most importantly, the establishment of this Centre and its future activities would not be possible without the support of The Academy of Korean Studies, to which we extend our great thanks, as well as their research associates from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split.
Photos from the opening ceremony are available at the following link.