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The Present State and Prospect of the Education of Korean Studies at Universities in Indonesia

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2009, (44), pp.263-302
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : June 25, 2009
  • Accepted : July 28, 2009

Youngji Shin 1

1성균관대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Recently, economic cooperation between Indonesia and Korea has come to the surface as a major issue. Although the demand of education of Korean language is geometrically increasing due to the economic factors in Indonesia, this present state of Korean Studies is not sufficient to be developed into academic field, and Korean Studies in Indonesia is even before the pre-embryonic stage. Since Korean Studies was established in Indonesia National University in August 8th 2006, university degree holders from the Korean Studies have not been produced yet. Furthermore, since the goal of teaching at the college level is merely focusing on practical reasons such as getting a job. Hence, it is hard to say that Korean Studies is in the stage of in Indonesia. At the present, two four years courses and two three years courses of Korean Studies departments are established. Also, about four universities are preparing to open the Korean Studies department. While the three-year system mostly lays stress on practical goals of Korean language education, the four-year system is founded to solely dedicate to research on Korea. Therefore, the goal of four year system has the strong characteristics of regional studies training and producing Korean specialists. If these students are trained further after graduation, it is possible to anticipate the actual development of Korean Studies in Indonesia. This paper is suggesting three points hampering the progression of Korean Studies among the universities in Indonesia: insufficient numbers and qualities of instructors, lack of teaching materials suitable to Indonesian culture, and deficiency of proper curriculum. When these three issues are resolved, Korean Studies can quickly enter into the take-off stage with strong public interest in Korea recently arising in Indonesia.

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