26 new King Sejong Institutes designated in 18 countries for 2021
Updated: 2021-06-09 15:28:16 KST
South Korea has designated 26 educational institutions and departments overseas as King Sejong Institutes in recognition of their excellence in teaching Korean language and culture.
The new ones are in 18 different countries, five of which are on the list for the first time.
South Korea's Minister of Culture spoke at the ceremony where the designations were presented.
"Language is not only used as a tool for communication but also as a window for empathizing with other cultures. So when students learn Korean, they will be more open to Korea and they will be promoters of Korea."
The King Sejong Institute program was established in 2007 in an effort to promote the Korean language as a catalyst for the spread of Korean culture globally.
With the addition of the new institutes, there are now 2-hundred-34 institutes in 82 countries.
The program helps fund locally run Korean language education programs, such as those at by universities.