Support for Operation of King Sejong Institute

Republic of Korea
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the King Sejong Institute
Key objectives of the measure:

▪ The project to designate the King Sejong Institute and support its overseas operation refers to the Korean language education for foreigners who want to learn Korean. It disseminates Korean culture by instituting Korean language education both domestically and internationally. 

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

▪ Main features of the project are as follows. ① The operator of the project designates the King Sejong Institutes overseas and supports their operation. ② The project operates the Korean instructor training programs and dispatches trained instructors to foreign countries. ③ It evaluates the Institutes and assists the Korean culture education abroad. ④ It strengthens the function of the King Sejong Institute. ⑤ By joining international events such as the World Korean Educators Conference, it holds exchanges with Korean instructors around the world. ⑥ It organizes the gathering of Korean instructors and foreign learners such as a training session for outstanding Korean learners and a story writing contest at the Institute.    

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

▪It disseminates the value of Hangeul (Korean alphabet) by administering Korean language education. It also expands the international base of Korean language and culture. It administers Korean language education specific to the local condition in consultation with the Korean missions in the country.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

5,895,255 dollar (as of 2016)

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

▪The project has a high implementation rate because the designation of the new King Sejong Institutes and the dispatch of Korean teachers abroad were faithfully executed as per the original plan. As a result, a survey on the project indicates satisfaction among participating students, with the satisfaction rates converging on a score greater than 80%, exposing a ceiling effect.  
▪ It was evaluated in terms of its effects and feedback. The King Sejong Institute has expanded its operation and spread the value of Hangeul by operating the Sejong Cultural Academy program. It substantiated the education programs and improved the operation of the Institute in response to the results of the evaluation (written evaluation and interviews on site) and the survey on satisfaction level.

Indicators used to determine impact:
▪Project implementation rate, goal achievement rate and positive performance, policy effects, the efforts to respond to feedback, policy feedback - collection of opinions on site and responses to them  
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)