BSDC Launches Prestigious Korean Language Study Center – FE News


Burton and South Derbyshire College (@BSDCofficial) has been selected to become an official Korean language study center in partnership with the South Korean government. The College is the first partner to be announced in the West Midlands region and the first Further Education College in the UK to be selected. Celebrating a successful relationship with Jeonju Kijeon College over the past five years, BSDC is delighted to have been selected as the delivery partner for this exciting new venture.

The BSDC-run Staffordshire Sejong Hakdang is one of 26 new Korean language institutes in 18 countries selected by the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF). The coveted program saw 86 institutions from around the world apply for this round, with only 26 selected, and BSDC being the only one from the UK.

The prestigious study center will see the introduction of two new Korean courses – Absolute Beginners and Upper Beginners – starting in August 2021. Led by expert tutors, the courses will be an opportunity for locals to start to learn or develop their Korean language skills.

KSIF is a public organization under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (of the Republic of South Korea) that oversees programs to promote Korean language and culture in other countries, with a number impressive 234 centers in 82 countries. The Korean language currently ranks 14th in terms of total number of speakers among world languages. Building on this foundation, KSIF takes the initiative to help non-native Korean speakers achieve their dream of speaking Korean and give them the opportunity to enjoy Korean cultural experiences.

Burton and South Derbyshire College was selected to lead Staffordshire Sejong Hakdang due to its reputation as a global college. International work is embedded in the wider university ‘system’ which has seen international learners become part of the fabric of the organisation. The College’s ‘Skills Promise’ focuses on globalization and learners have the opportunity to become international ambassadors and benefit from international experiences during their studies, including trips to South Korea in recent years.

BSDC Chief Executive and Director, Dawn Ward CBE, said: “We are delighted to be the only UK institution to be granted approval to become a King Sejong Institute in this latest round of approvals and we are very proud to be the only UK College of Higher Education to achieve this honour. Our international work is extremely important to us as it not only provides learners from all over the world with an excellent learning experience, but also allows our national learners to gain valuable insights into other cultures around the world, broadening their view. comprehensive and adding value to their future career prospects.

“South Korea is a country that we have had a strong affinity with for many years and has excellent relationships with many colleges and universities, as evidenced by our King Sejong partner organization, Jeonju Kijeon College. I have no doubt that Staffordshire Sejong Hakdang will add to this valuable work and further cement the fantastic benefits of our globalization strategy for our learners, staff and wider communities.

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