Iowa to have Korean language institute

From The Korean Times

Ewha Womans University will open a Korean language institute at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, the United States, next month, the school said Tuesday.

The school said it will run the institute, called the Iowa King Sejong Institute, in cooperation with the American university.

It has obtained approval for the establishment of the institute from the King Sejong Foundation and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

The institute will be the sixth of its kind in the U.S. The foundation is supporting the creation and operation of King Sejong branch institutes around the world.

Ewha is among 17 higher learning institutes that won permit to set up King Sejong branches this year to meet the rising number of people learning Korean amid a Korean pop culture boom abroad.

"We hope the institute will contribute to promoting the Korean language and culture in the central regions of the U.S.," a school spokesperson said.

"We are now entitled to handle administrative duties and will support the Iowa King Sejong Institute by providing Korean teachers and introducing education programs," she said.

The King Sejong Institute, supported by the Korean government, has about 130 overseas branches in over 50 countries.

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