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Daedong Institute for Korean Studies was launched on January 17 in 1958. The institute was established for the promotion of the research of Korean and Eastern cultures as well as Confucian philosophy, and the promotion of exchanges with academic circles in other countries.

In order to accomplish its goals, the institute has actively worked for researches, publications and exchanges with international academic fields and has made its own accomplishments. Some of the outcomes were the academic journal “Research of East Asian Culture” (35th issue so far), 42 academic seminars for Oriental studies, five international academic seminars for Oriental studies (in every five years) and 15 lectures, so far of foreign scholars. The institute’s long-term research project has produced four volumes of “The Collections of Korean Thoughts,”“The 19th Century Korean Society,”and two volumes of “The Indexes of Korean Anthology.” The institute also supported the scholars of both Sungkyunkwan University and other colleges (18 volumes of “The Collection of East Asian Culture Research”). Since 1988, the institute has published 145 volumes of the Collection of Korean Classics Studies which compiled old Korean scholars’commentaries or related materials in Confucian classics or the Four Books and Five Classics in order to provide basic materials for the study of Korean thoughts. Such a grand project is remembered as one of the great accomplishments of the institute.

In the area of publications, the institute has cultivated historical materials, including Confucian classics, Ko Chil’s individual collection of works and literary works of other scholars and published the works in 70 books including photographic edition, while translating other books into the Korean language.

As its accomplishments were highly evaluated by the Ministry of Education and the Korea Research Foundation, the institute has been selected as a college-affiliated research center which has been under special support since 1997. (1997~2000: “Historical progress of Confucian culture and Korean society” as a main theme/ 2000 ~ 2006: “Search for the ways of Korean society’s transformation and the viewpoint from East Asia”). The above projects manifested that the accomplishments of the institute is acknowledged by the government body and has laid a cornerstone in promoting the institute to the level of a professional agency in the fields of Korean studies and Oriental studies.

Boosted by an academic background of almost half a century, the institute has been reborn as a major center of Academy of East Asian Studies (AEAS). The reorganization of the institute is aimed to cope with the needs of the academic field which seeks for an effective methodology to study East Asian studies from the viewpoint of East Asia. The Institute of Eastern Studies has now been able to fulfill its original mission, to strengthen the function of research and education, to activate the globalization of the educational system and, finally, to pursue the new development of human sciences of Korea and East Asia.