Saturday, July 6, 2013

Another Milestone for Korea : Korean Language Centers Exceed 100 Worldwide


The King Sejong Institute, the leading agency responsible for spreading Korean language and culture overseas, now has more than 100 centers around the world.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said Thursday that the institute has opened 27 more centers in 20 countries, bringing the total to 117 in 51 countries.

The institute opens a center based on the application of international institutions which want to host one.

Seven countries -- Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and Portugal -- are welcoming their first Korean language center. The new hosts also include a number of prestigious universities, such as Sofia University in Bulgaria, Fudan University in China, and the New University of Lisbon in Portugal.

The institute was launched in 2007 with 13 centers in three nations. It aims to have 200 centers by 2017.

China, France, Germany and the U.K. are particularly active in teaching their respective languages and cultures around the world. China has 979 Confucius Institutes in 108 countries, while France's Alliance Francaise are in 968 sites in 136 countries. There are 250 British Councils in 110 countries, and 149 Goethe Institutes of Germany in 93 countries.

Japan has 23 Japan Foundation centers in 22 countries.

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