Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) is a South Korean research and educational institute with the purpose of establishing profound research on Korean culture. It was established on June 22, 1978 by Ministry of Education & Science Technology of South Korea. The Academy has dedicated to interpreting and analyzing traditional Korean culture, defining the academic identity of Korean studies, and educating scholars.
The Academy of Korean Studies, founded by the government on June 30, 1978, is at the forefront of research into the social sciences in Korea and as its primary aim has taken on the task of overcoming the ethical confusion that has emerged alongside rapid industrialization. Accordingly, many prominent scholars from various fields of Korean Studies are working together on several projects to achieve these aims. To date they have produced over 1,000 publications and other assorted data for the benefit of scholars.
Academy of Korean Studies provides support for in-depth research into Korean culture on a regular basis. Research projects on Korean culture, open to Korean and international academics and researchers, are generally headed by a member of AKS’ faculty team. Over the thirty years between 1978 and 2013, AKS has funded projects consisting of 2,606 research tasks in 1,511 subject categories and enlisting 5,157 total participants. In recent years, there has been in academic communities worldwide a growing concern about ethical standards in research. Academy of Korean Studies is active in addressing issues related to research ethics. We regularly host seminars on research ethics for our research staff, and distribute research ethics guidelines to the staff and students, in an effort to instill ethical awareness in all members of the Academy of Korean Studies community. At AKS, all research funds, whether they are allocated to projects by it, the National Research Foundation of Korea or any other entities, are managed centrally. Researchers at AKS are informed and educated about policies and practices relating to how research funds are spent and allocated, so as to prevent and minimize any mishaps or misconduct. AKS has set procedures to ensure transparency, equitability and integrity in the management of research funds, and regularly monitor the status of compliance.