South Korea

Education has been a major export for Australia with South Korea being the third-largest source of foreign enrolments after China and India for the past three years. South Korea is 6th largest international student recruitment market for the University of South Australia, the highest number in South Australia. The majority of Korean students at UniSA study health sciences related programs.

Associate Professor You-il Lee, Associate Professor of International Business and Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Asian Business (ACAB) has previously been awarded a research grant valued at US$15000 from the Korea Foundation to host the 2014 Korean Studies Association of Australasia Postgraduate Scholars’ Workshop. 

UniSA researchers won a grant from the Australia Korea Foundation to study the perceived value of the working holiday program in Australia by South Korean visitors. Over 35,000 come to Australia per year and form a strong attachment to Australia although they often work in Korean restaurants with limited opportunity to practice English.

South Korea’s first astronaut, Dr Soyeon Yi, a young female PhD in biotech systems, came to Adelaide to participate in an astronauts’ panel as part of the Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program which is hosted by UniSA. The program is an intensive international, intercultural and interdisciplinary 5 week-  course conducted in partnership with the International Space University.

Dr Sunny Lee, Lecturer, School of Management and Professor Graham Brown, Professor in Tourism Management, School of Management, were awarded an Australia-Korea Foundation Grant valued at $10,800 for their project 'Sports events and public diplomacy: Promoting Australia in Korea using the AFC Asian Cup'.

Key partners

UniSA School of Business initiated an agreement for student exchange with Chung Ang University’s Graduate School of International Studies which has now expanded to a university wide agreement to include undergraduates.  Chung Ang has a regional ranking of 72 in the QS 2015 Asian University rankings and is in the top 10 in Korea. One of UniSA’s 2016 New Colombo Plan Scholarship awardees will be undertaking her studies at Chung Ang University during 2016.

Sogang University offers a summer school which has been popular with UniSA students on exchange.  Sogang is highly ranked in Asia at 61 in the QS 2015 Asian University rankings. UniSA New Colombo Plan Scholarship awardees have undertaking their studies at Sogang University.

UniSA history with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) dates back to a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 1997 between the Satellite Technology Research Centre and UniSA Institute of Telecommunications Research.  Collaboration included UniSA participation in a successful microsatellite mission for earth observation.  Cooperation was formalized by a Memorandum of Understanding with the Information & Communications University, which merged into KAIST in 2009.  KAIST is ranked 3 in the QS 2015 Asian universities rankings.

Our inaugural New Colombo Plan South Korean Fellow Scholarship student undertook her exchange component at KAIST prior to completing an internship.

UniSA’s Future Industries Institute has also worked on several projects with the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) Korea.

Student mobility

New Colombo Plan funding has been won to support Education (TESOL) students undertake a Study Tour with the support of the Seoul National University of Education and Business Tourism and Event students will shortly undertake a program as part of their business studies at UniSA.

Areas of study and research

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