Korea Research Centre of Western Australia

서호주 한국 연구소

Welcome to the KRC at Curtin University

The Korea Research Centre of Western Australia is WA's premier Korea-focused research and engagement centre located at Curtin University in Perth.

Established with support from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Korea Research Centre of WA is a hub for Korean Studies teaching and research in the Perth metropolitan area and Western Australia, aiming to train future scholars in Korean Studies through a strong focus on facilitating postgraduate and postdoctoral research opportunities, as well as research-led teaching. The KRC also welcomes affiliate members from outside Curtin University to collaborate on Korea-focused projects and we frequently host events aimed at bringing together Korea experts, as well as industry and public sector partners across our region.

In addition, the Centre seeks to foster collaboration among researchers engaged in Korea-related research in West Australian higher education institutions, and connect them with key stakeholders in the WA business community, state government and non-profit organisations with Australia-Korea interests.

Korean Studies at Curtin University

Curtin University was the among the first Universities in Australia to introduce Korean Studies curriculum in the 1990s, with one of the largest Asian Studies departments in Australia at the time. Curtin University was the first university in Western Australia to introduce a Korean Studies degree program in 1992. While the program was discontinued in 2010 due to the retirement of existing staff at the time, the Faculty of Arts has since been seeking to recommence Korean Studies to reinvigorate Asian Studies content provision in response to consistent demand for students for more Korea-related educational content. From 2023 Curtin University has reopened the Korean Studies major program (10 units), forming the core of the emerging Asian Studies content provision in the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI). We are also pleased to be the first University in Australia to offer the full major fully online both to Curtin Korean Studies and via the Open Universities Australia (OUA).  We also run a vibrant Postgraduate and Undergraduate engagement program and offer scholarships for high achieving students at this level. 

Our goal is to support the education of next generation of Korea-experts in Australia, and Curtin University graduates have been rated the best in the country for employer satisfaction, showing they have the skills and qualifications employers value, want and need. 

If you are interested in joining the undergraduate program click here. For the Honours or PhD programs, contact Assoc/Prof Jo Elfving-Hwang: joanna.elfving-hwang@curtin.edu.au.

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