About the Korean Research Initiatives at the University of New South Wales (KRI@UNSW)

The Korean Research Initiatives at the University of New South Wales (KRI@UNSW) conducts leading multi-disciplinary research and is located at UNSW Sydney.

The Korean Research Initiatives at the University of New South Wales (KRI@UNSW) began its operation as the Korea-Australasia Research Centre (KAREC) in June 2000. In recognition for its outstanding contributions and successful operation, KAREC became the Korea Research Institute (KRI@UNSW) in 2011.



KRI@UNSW strives to become renowned International Research Hub of Korean Studies by making a global impact through international academic and social engagements.



To act as an international research hub of Korean Studies through comparative research between Australasia, Korea and Southeast Asia based on strategic cooperation with leading academics and policies makers in the government in Australasia, Korea and eight Southeast Asian countries.



First, to contribute to the enhancement of research capacity of UNSW by making KRI@UNSW one of the major Korean Studies research initiatives in the world

Second, to contribute to the national and social development of Southeast Asian developing countries through developing feasible public policies and supporting their implementation.

Third, to support the enhancement of research and educational capacities in Social Sciences, Korean Studies and Korea related research in Southeast Asian developing countries.

Fourth, to assist in building up the next generation of researchers and educators in Korean Studies and Korea related research.


Alignment with UNSW 2025 Strategy

Global Impact

UNSW 2025 Strategy sets out overarching strategic priorities and themes to be implemented with a vision to make UNSW to be Australia’s global university and a leading research-intensive and teaching-intensive university. KRI@UNSW has been delivering some of those priorities already and will specifically align its primary activities in accordance to the UNSW 2025 Strategy thereby contributing to the goals set out. The followings highlight our contribution to two themes of UNSW 2025 Strategy. KRI@UNSW views Academic Excellence (Strategic Priority A) as a pre-existing conditions we always have possessed thought we will continue to strive to achieve even higher results.

Social Engagement (Strategic Priority B)

KRI@UNSW has been engaging with the governments, both academic and non academic institutions and societies of eight emerging countries in Southeast Asia:

  • By cooperating with the Korea Development Institute (KDI) in Korea to promote knowledge sharing between Australia, Korea and Southeast Asia; in particular, conducting comparative public policy studies in collaboration with senior scholars and policy makers in Korea and Southeast Asia, aiming to assist economic and social development of 8 countries in Southeast Asia.
  • By holding public policy symposiums, forums and seminars with senior government officers and community leaders.
  • By disseminating practical policy reforms guidelines to governments of Southeast Asian countries which are drawn from Comparative Public Policy Research (CPPR) Forum of KRI@UNSW.
  • By cooperating with the Korea Foundation (KF) and the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) in Korea to develop, enrich and support Korean Studies and Korea related research in economically disadvantaged countries in Southeast Asia, thereby increasing their educational and research capacities.

Global Impact (Strategic Priority C)

 KRI@UNSW has been a contribution to the reputation of UNSW:

  • By demonstrating the global leadership of UNSW in Korean Studies & Korea related research;
  • By engaging in long-term strategic cooperation with top universities in Korea and eight Southeast Asian countries, through successful collaborative research projects;
  • By building a reputation as a successful international benchmarking case of Korean Studies research.
  • By attracting the largest amount of competitive grants in the world, from the governments of Australia and Korea in the field of Korean Studies.
  • By engaging with media in Korea and Southeast Asia to promote the image of UNSW and disseminate the outcomes of research and other activities of KRI@UNSW.