The Center for Korean Studies (CKS)
The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) is based at the International University of Erbil and aims to promote interdisciplinary and intercultural approaches to Korean studies in the fields of anthropology, architecture, art, Asian studies, communication, economics, education, history, language, linguistics, literature, management, political science and sociology.
The CKS facilitates academic exchanges between Korea and Kurdistan. In the last fifty years Korea has achieved a sound democratic system following the complete destruction of its infrastructure during the Korean war. Currently, Korea is the 11th largest economy in the world. The goal of the CKS is to replicate Korea’s experience and success in Kurdistan. Due to the similarities in their historical backgrounds, cooperation between the two nations will be beneficial to both.
With the largest concentration of Korean scholars and resources at any academic institution outside of Korea itself, the Center is the first institution to study the country in any depth in the Kurdish region and Iraq. Among its activities, the Center hosts scholarly conferences, sponsors research projects, presents seminars and lectures and publishes significant research on Korea. Furthermore, the CKS will contribute to the building of a strong and a long-lasting relationship between two nations.
Yearly Plan for the academic year 2017/2018
Movie Translation (IUE)
Recruit Volunteer for CKS
Promoting activities for CKS (Yalla Kurdi (56K viewers)/Snap chat/Facebook live/ Instagram)
Sep 07 2017: Cinema Day (IUE)
Sep 12 2017: Kurdistan TV “Good morning Kurdistan”
Oct 04 2017: Cinema Day (LFU)
Oct 23 – 25 2017: Kurdistan TV documentary “I am in Kurdistan”
Nov 01 2017: Cinema Day (Soran University)
Nov 16 2017 Complete application for Spring 2018 admission
Nov 30 2017: Proposal to King Sejong Institute
Dec 02 2017: The Friend of Korea (Zaytun Library)
TBD: Cinema Day (University of Rapareen)
Jan 15 – 20: Dr. Mohammed Ihsan delivers lecture at Korea University of International Studies as a Sr. Visiting Professor. “Understanding the contemporary of Middle East “
Prepare students for Winter International Fellowship program for Sookmyung
Proposal: Korean Studies Grant (The Academy of Korean Studies)
TBD: Cinema Day ( University of Sulemania)
February 16 2018 Celebrating “Seol Nal” : Korean New Years
Proposal: AKS student fellowship exchange program for KLS students
Proposal for 2018-2019: Seed Program for Korean Studies (Ministry of Education/
The Academy of Korean Studies)
Prepare Students for Legal documents for Spring 2018 admission
TBD: Cinema Day (International School of Choueifat)
TBD: Cinema Day (Zaytun Library)
TBD: Cinema Day (Union of Parliament)
Establish “ The association of Korean Studies in Iraq”
TBD: Cinema Day (Cihan University)
Establish “ The Academic society of Korea and Kurdistan” – Professor Union
Prepare students for Summer International Fellowship program for Sookmyung
New movie preparation
Proposal for 2018-2019: Korea Foundation Support Program
Prepare students for AKS Students Fellowship program
World Korean Educator Conference at Seoul
Movie Translation Project
What do we do?
CKS coordinates and develops Resources for the study of Korea at the International University of Erbil.
We serve Kurdistan as a Gate Way to Korea.
Areas of study
Korean History, Culture, Language, Economics, Politics, IT & Communication, Education strategies and more.
MOUs with Korean Universities
We currently have MOUs with 2 universities in Korea
We have 3 more future partnerships planned
SookMyong Women’s University (SMU) International University of Erbil (UE)
Korea University of International Studies (KUIS) International University of Erbil (UE)