On 4 November the Pusan National University (PNU) in Korea and the University of Groningen launched the PNU-Groningen Research Centre with a joint conference themed “The Challenges of Middle Powers: the Netherlands and Korea”. The new Centre, based at PNU’s campus in the coastal city of Busan, creates a direct link with one of the most dynamic and innovative countries in East Asia, providing University of Groningen students and staff with excellent opportunities for course exchange and research collaboration.
In his conference-message PNU President prof. dr. Chun Ho-hwan, welcomed the partnership: “Located at Pusan, the other end of Eurasia continent, PNU makes a new leap toward a prestigious university in the world. The research Centre will promote joint research, education, and further cooperation between two universities.”
At the conference, faculty from both universities highlighted research interests and presented topics of common interest to explore new research collaborations.
PGRC is a partnership between Pusan National University (PNU) and the University of Groningen. The Centre is hosted by the Social Sciences Institute at PNU. At the University of Groningen, the Centre is facilitated by Globalisation Studies Groningen (GSG) and the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG). PGRC is coordinated by dr. Sunkung Choi, assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business in Groningen and, importantly, an alumna of PNU.
The inter-faculty Centre follows the successful examples of the Dutch Studies Centre at Fudan University in Shanghai, the International Studies Centre at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Dutch Studies Centre at Osaka University, and the recently launched research Centre for South East Asia and ASEAN at Gadjah Mada in Jogyakarta.
PGRC is already partner in several summer schools on the Dutch economy hosted by GSG / CEASG in Groningen, with to date over 70 PNU-students participating. In addition, guest lecturers from Groningen teach at the Global Studies Department of PNU and, vice versa, PNU-guest lecturers contribute to the MA East Asian Studies at the University of Groningen.
For further details on PGRC and related activities visit the website of the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen
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