The Korean Studies Centre was established in 2019 in the School of Languages and Cultures at the University of Queensland. 

The goals of the Centre are to foster research in Korean language, culture and society, and to develop partnerships with key community and industry stakeholders. Housed in UQ’s School of Languages and Cultures, this new Centre will provide opportunities for strategic partnerships with industry, government and community groups – creating greater awareness and understanding of Korea in Australian society.

The School of Languages and Cultures is committed to strengthening knowledge and understanding of Korean language and culture, and through philanthropic support has appointed a Postdoctoral Researcher Seryun Lee who has just joined the School in February 2020.

The Korean Studies Centre provides opportunity for strategic partnerships with industry, government and community partners in creating greater awareness and understanding of Korea in the Australian community.

Co-Directors Dr Jae-Hoon Jung and Dr Isaac Lee said the Centre’s goal is to foster research in Korean language, culture, history, society and more through a series of externally facing public events and activities.

“A main focus for the Centre will be on the research of Korean language, culture and communication through translation and interpreting,” Dr Lee said.

Launch Event

The launch event for the Korean Studies Centre was held in February 2020 at Customs House and strengthened knowledge and understanding of Korean language and culture. Over 100 UQ staff, students and invited dignitaries and guests from the Korean community attended the event which gathered great interest and support for the Centre.

Professor Tim Dunne, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor Heather Zwicker, HASS Executive Dean opened the event to an excited crowd. 

His Excellency Mr Baeksoon Lee, Ambassador of Korea - Republic of Korea then hosted the event held at Customs House, highlighting the importance of Australia’s relationship with their fourth largest trading partner.

Vice-Chairperson Susan Sookjin Lee, the National Unification Advisory Council Republic of Korea and CEO of Jae My Holdings Group, also attended the event and with Susan's generous contribution and support to the Centre the School has appointed a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Centre, Dr Seryun Lee. 

Please visit our Facebook page for more photos of the launch event. 

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"Working at the agency has been a really great opportunity for me. I have a natural interest in fashion, technology, and social media, so being able to work in an environment that combines all three is great", he said.

Blair juggles full-time work with weekly recordings for the popular Korean talk show Abnormal Summit. Blair is one of seven non-Korean male panellists from all around the world who appear on the show which has a viewership over 12 million.

"I think in our globalizing world, having a second language under your belt is not only beneficial economically, but also culturally. It helps you to broaden your horizons, gives you a new perspective on your own culture and country, and is one of those really tangible forms of study that you can take out and use in the everyday. Without having studied Korean, I don't think I would have come to Seoul in the first place, which is something I can't really imagine. Having the language education that I did, it's really given me so many opportunities in areas I wouldn't have looked at. The TV show, for example, is a direct result of the Korean education I received both at UQ and here in Korea."

Blair has a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts (Korean) from The University of Queensland.