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Chairman's Message

KFAS was established in 1974 by CHEY Jong-hyon, the former chairman of SK Group, based on the philosophy that 'a nation's future depends on the development of world-class talents'. We support Korea's advanced studies by selecting and nurturing talented young people. We are committed to facilitating academic exchange among universities and educational institutions in the region. In addition, we co-host several prestigious international forums, including Beijing Forum and Shanghai Forum, in order to share research achievements of international scholars and discover a common perspective that enables those achievements to contribute to our economy and society.

Looking back at our history, KFAS have endeavored to build and strengthen a pool of academic talents as we have witnessed the small seeds we sowed a long time ago growing into a full forest. When KFAS was founded, SK Group was making only 100 million dollars in sales. However, SK has since then become Korea's largest energy/communication conglomerate with sales of more than 100 billion dollars. Like a human being who grows and matures, we have achieved constant growth together with its sponsor, SK Group.

We, at KFAS, plan to expand the scope of contributions through academic activities with a broader perspective. We are currently turning to focus on parts of Asia where availability of quality education is comparatively insufficient to those of Western countries. We plan to support knowledge exchange by constantly expanding our academic network centered on major universities in Asia. With these efforts, we hope to assist in increasing the level of higher education and scientific research in the region, ultimately to promote social, economic, and cultural development.

We ask for your continued interest and encouragement for Korea Foundation for Advance Studies.

Thank you.

CHEY Tae-won, Chairman of the Board

President's Message

Welcome to Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies.

Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies was established in 1974 by the former SK Chairman CHEY Jong-hyon whose philosophy was “Plant a tree by looking ten years down the road; cultivate people by looking toward the next century.” The late Chairman Chey emphasized the importance of human resource development for national growth as Korea does not have adequate natural resources and also lacked capital and technology at the time. Our Foundation has been endeavoring ever since to create a forest of talented people for Korea and international society.

Since establishment, our Foundation has nurtured approximately 630 doctorate degree holders from world-class universities, many of which are in the United States. About 300 of these scholars are currently serving as professors at Korean universities, while about 100 are working at overseas universities including many American institutions. The others are holding various critical posts in different fields. The number of students that received scholarships from our Foundation is approximately 3,200 to date.

With the recognition that programs to promote a more balanced academic development and mutual understanding are needed in the Asian region where scientific exchange and communication are insufficient, the Foundation began establishing Asia Research Centers at leading universities in Asia since year 2000.

Supporting academic growth and exchange, there are now 17 Asia Research Centers across 7 countries in Asia with 11 Chinese centers. In addition, the Foundation’s International Scholar Exchange Fellowship program has supported 760 Asian scholars in their research over the past 15 years.

Our Foundation began launching platforms for heightened communication in 2004 such as Beijing Forum(co-hosted with Peking University) and Shanghai Forum(co-hosted with Fudan University) that have become major global venues. We also co-host Asia Media Forum, Tumen River Academic Forum, Northeast Asia Forum, International Forum on Confucianism, and others with six universities in China to promote academic and social interactions and networking.

Going beyond cultivating talents and academic communication, Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies will contribute to knowledge sharing and informatization to alleviate social, regional, and global divides with a vision for the future.

Thank you.