Director Pastreich Appointed as Member of Chungnam Province’s International Relations Committee

December 26, 2008 - Director Pastreich will serve from 2009 as a member of the International Relations Committee for the province of Chungnam in Korea. Pastreich served previously as advisor to the governor of Chungnam. In this role, Pastreich will help direct Chungnam’s international engagement and efforts to draw foreign investment and establish international alliances throughout the world for further economic development. Chungnam is one of Korea’s most advanced industrial cluster and the home to the Yellow Sea Free Economic Zone.

Pastreich visits Chengdu to Discuss Environmental Policy in China

December 18, 2008 - Director Pastreich visited Chengdu China to give a talk on China’s role in the emerging environmental economy and meet with professors from the department of economics and the Environmental Studies School. Pastreich spoke concerning the proposal he wrote with John Feffer to rebuild Sichuan’s Wenchuan as an ecocity after the earthquake. Professor Liu Ming of the department of economics arranged Pastreich’s visit to the resort Dujiangyan, a city hard hit by the May earthquake, to observe reconstruction efforts.

Visit to the Sejong Institute and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology

December 15, 2008 - Director Pastreich visited the Sejong Institute in Seoul to discuss with Dr. Sun-Hak Baik the Asia Institute’s Post-2008 Asian Finance Project. He also visited the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) with Dr. Ian Simon of the Science and Technology Policy Institute to meet with KIST’s President Dr. Dong-Hwa Kum and discuss recent developments in biotechnology. Pastreich and Simon toured KIST laboratories and met with Dr. Chang-Won Kim of the Institute of Pasteur Korea.

New Efforts to Establish Korea-India Exchanges in Business and Technology

December 11, 2008 - Director Pastreich and Project Director Neeru Biswas visited the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Federation of Korean Industries to discuss the role of the Asia Institute’s Korea-India Business and Technology Initiative and exchange opinions on the proposed Korea-India Chamber of Commerce and the implications of the India-Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) which is set for ratification next year. Neil Routman (speechwriter for the minister) and Jin-Suk Kim of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy pledged to include the Asia Institute in their upcoming efforts to promote Korea-India ties. Pastreich and Biswas met with Chul-Han Park, head of the America and Europe Department at the Federation of Korean Industries, to discuss a possible seminar on Korea-India relations. Pastreich and Biswas met the same day with Vice President Peter Lymm of Samsung SDS and Dr. Lakhvinder Singh, president of the Indo-Korea Policy Forum.

Director Pastreich Delivers talk on Korea’s Internationalization Efforts

December 05, 2008 - Director Pastreich will deliver a talk entitled “Updating Korea’s Policies for Internationalization” as part of the policy conference “New Strategies for Making Korea a livable Environment for Internationals” to be held at Hannam University on December 6, 2008. Pastreich will draw on his work with Chungnam Province and Daejeon Metropolitan City to present some concrete suggestions for Korea’s efforts to create a truly international environment.

Director Pastreich Addresses Korea’s Internationalization Efforts

December 05, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a talk entitled “Updating Korea’s Policies for Internationalization” as part of the policy conference “New Strategies for Making Korea a livable Environment for Internationals” held at Hannam University on December 6, 2008. Pastreich will draw on his work with Chungnam Province and Daejeon Metropolitan City to present some concrete suggestions for Korea’s efforts to create a truly international environment. The seminar was sponsored by the City of Daejeon.

Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich Address Conference on Globalization and the Humanities in Daejeon

December 05, 2008 - Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich delivered talks on the importance of convergence in academic disciplines at an academic conference on internationalization cosponsored by the Asia Institute and Hanbat National University.

Director Pastreich Advocates Liberalized Immigration Policy for Korea

December 04, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a talk at a conference by the Korean Ministry of Justice on the future of Korean immigration policy. Pastreich spoke of the remarkable opportunity of Korea to increase its global standing through the careful liberalization of its immigration policy.

Launch of “Daejeon Green Growth Forum”

November 27, 2008 - The Daejeon Environmental Forum was officially recognized by the Metropolitan City of Daejeon and the Ministry of the Environment as the “Daejeon Green Growth Forum.” The forum is the first of its kind to take on an official role as a bridge between central and local government, research institutes and industry on environmental policy. Vice President Ji-Won Yang of KAIST will remain chairman and Director Pastreich will join the working group on a “green society.”

Pastreich Advocates Korea-Japan Cooperation on Environmental Technology

November 21, 2008 - Director Pastreich gave the opening speech at the sixth annual Korea-Japan International Symposium on Resource Recyling and Material Sciences held at the Research Institute of International Science and Technology, Pohang, Korea. His paper, entitled “Prospects for Korea-Japan Cooperation in Environmental Technology,” stressed the importance of institutional cooperation.

Pastreich Speaks out on Politics and Science Policy Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST)

October 30, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a paper on the political aspects of scientific policy at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST) on November 30, 2008 in Bundang, Kyonggi Province. With its membership limited to the most distinguished Korean scholars, KAST is the highest forum for discussions on science policy in the nation. In his paper, Pastreich drew attention to the decline in the stature of science within Korean society and make suggestions as to how the close relationship of basic scientific research to daily life could be made more visible.

Entrepreneurship Talk

October 28, 2008 - Dr. Alp Malazgirt, a successful entrepreneur from California gave a talk on entrepreneurship at Asia Institute students about recent opportunities in business.

Dr. Kang Ho Presents Local Environment Policy Future at Daejeon Environment Forum

October 27, 2008 - The Daejeon Environment Forum was held at Chungnam University for a presentation by its distinguished member Dr. Kang Ho, Director of Chungnam University’s Daejeon Environmental Technology Developmental Center. Dr. Kang announced that Korea’s Ministry of the Environment has announced plans to work closely with the Daejeon Environment Forum of the Asia Institute in establishing local environmental policy.

Pastreich Joins Daejeon City Committee on Foreign Investment

October 27, 2008 - Director Pastreich joined in a discussion with academics and government representatives concerning strategies for bringing more investment to Daejeon in the current economic environment. He advocated a truly international approach, making full use of Korea’s ties to all regions of the world.

Director Pastreich Puts Northeast Asian Geopolitics in Historical Perspective

October 25, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a talk entitled “The Geopolitical Relationship of China, Japan and Korea in Historical Context” at Busan National University’s Global College addressing the diplomatic relations of China, Korea and Japan with reference to the historical relations between the three countries over the last five hundred years.

Central Figure in the Biosciences Visits Asia Institute

October 20, 2008 - Dr. Zach W. Hall, Asia Institute Senior Associate, visited the SolBridge International School of Business for a series of lectures for our students during their immersion week focused on biotechnology. He opened up the discussion on the importance of this field with an address on Monday, October 20, stressing the opportunities in the field, followed by a lecture on stem cell research and another on running a biotech venture company based on his own experience as CEO of EnVivo Pharmaceuticals. In addition, Dr. Hall gave formal lectures at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, the Science and Technology Research Institute of the Korean government & Seoul National University. Dr. Hall also addressed the Daedeok Club, Daejeon’s foremost forum on business and technology in a special session held at the SolBridge International School of Business.

Asia Institute Discusses Cooperation on Nuclear Safety with Leading Institution

October 17, 2008 - Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich met with representatives of the Korea Institute for Nuclear Safety to discuss possible cooperation in the near future concerning nuclear safety and safeguards in East Asia.

Pastreich Presents on Korea’s Science and Business Policies

October 15, 2008 - Director Pastreich gave a presentation at the international conference “Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Policy Studies” presented by the Institute for Public Affairs at Chungnam University. This event brought together experts on education and science policy from Korea, Japan, China, the United States and Singapore for an in-depth consideration of contemporary issues.

World Technopolis Association General Assembly

October 09, 2008 - The Asia Institute participated in the World Technopolis Association General Assembly held in Daejeon from 9th to 11th October 2008. Director Pastreich served as a discussant and participated in numerous policy discussions. This critical meeting of scientist and policymakers involved in science planning from around the world, this meeting will feature an international Mayors’ Forum and University Presidents’ Forum.

Limited Nuclear Weapons-free Zone for Northeast Asia

October 04, 2008 - The Daejeon meeting (12th plenary) of the LIMITED NUCLEAR WEAPONS FREE ZONE FOR NORTHEAST ASIA (LNWFZ-NEA) hosted by the Asia Institute was hgh gold the culmination of a comprehensive effort to create a secure and prosperous East Asia in the 21st Century through frank discussions between credentialed specialists and government officials. LNWFZ-NEA has held regular meetings since 1991 in an effort to establish a regional security community involving all the nations of Northeast Asia and reduce the danger of nuclear conflict in Asia. This session included representatives from the Republic of Korea, the United States, China, Japan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. Observers from Argentina, Finland, France, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian Nuclear Free Zone and the Southeast Asia Nuclear Free Zone will also attend. The Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Dr. Robert Gallucci served as keynote speaker. Representatives and observers engaged in a serious debate on systems to reduce the threat of nuclear conflict, regional confidence building measures, and economic incentives for bringing the DPRK (North Korea) into the international community. Under the leadership of Dr. John Endicott, the Vice Chancellor of the SolBridge International School of Business, the Asia Institute committed itself to organizing the plenary session of the Limited Nuclear Weapons Free Zone for Northeast Asia. .

Daejeon Environment Forum, Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources

September 29, 2008 - Dr. Ji-Hwan Ahn of the Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources addressed the Daejeon Environment Forum (DEF) about her plans for cooperation with local and central government concerning environmental education for children and government policy.

Pastreich Appointed to Daejeon’s Foreign Investment Advisory Committee, Daejeon, Korea

September 26, 2008 - Director Pastreich has been appointed to the Foreign Investment Advisory Committee for Daejeon Metropolitan City. In this capacity he will be working with the city, industry and research institutes to increase foreign investment in the research cluster.

Pastreich Speaks Out on Worrisome Trends in Current Science Policy

September 25, 2008 - Director Pastreich spoke about the future of research institutes and science policy at the Science and Technology Policy Research Institute in Seoul. Pastreich was asked to expand on the content of his recent article concerning the internationalization of Korea’s research strategy for the 21st century.

Asia Institute Presents International Conference on Environmental Science

September 21, 2008 - The Asia Institute is an organizer of an international conference on Environmental Science and Education to be held at the Gyerongsan Natural History Museum on September 21 at 10 AM. Director Pastreich will attend and participate in the discussion on the critical issue of educating the next generation about environmental issues.

Dr. Paul Evans Talk

September 11, 2008 - Asia Institute Senior Associate Dr. Paul Evans, director of the Program for Canada-Asia Policy Studies at the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia in Canada delivered a talk on China’s Olympic games entitled, “Reading the Olympics: Nationalism or Cosmopolitanism Ascendant in China” at the Asia Institute.

Dr.Steven Jordan Talk

September 05, 2008 - Dr.Steven Jordan, associate professor of finance at the KAIST School of Business delivered a lecture on “Historical Perspective on International Evidence of Long-Term Reversals in Finance” at the Asia Institute.

Pastreich on Korea’s Geopolitical Position

September 05, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered lecture at the Korea National Defense University in Seoul on Korea’s geopolitical position in the world.

Visit of Italian Environmental Sciences Delegation

August 21, 2008 - Dr. Antonio Tata, science and technology attaché at Italian Embassy in Korea, & Dr. S. Ciaravella, professor at Scuola Sant’Anna (SSSA) of Pisa, visited the Asia Institute to discuss President Myong-Bak Lee’s recent embrace of an environment-based economy and its implications for Asia. Both specialists offered their advice on the Asia Institute’s ongoing projects and visited the Environmental Technologies Center of Chungnam University and the Energy Technology Research Institute.

Marriage of Science and Culture Symposium

August 14, 2008 - Director Pastreich sat on panel of the “Marriage of Science and Culture” symposium sponsored by the City of Daejeon that was held at the Press Center in Seoul to discuss the future relationship of science and culture with four leading Korean experts. Pastreich spoke about the challenges of fully realizing the potential of technology because of cultural and conceptual limitations. Other presenters included Dr. Kwang-Yun Wohn of KAIST, Dr. Jae-Chun Choe, professor of ecoscience at Ewha Woman’s University and Dr. Jon H. Wi of Chungnam University, the president of the Game-Contents Research Institute. The symposium was organized by the City of Daejeon as part of the signing of an MOU for new cooperation in culture and technology in Korea.

Korean Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology

July 18, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a talk on the future of the Korean research institute and the implications for biotechnology at KRIBB (Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology). KRIBB was in the midst of an institutional crisis concerning the funding of the biosciences in Korea at the time.

National Conference for Plant Biotechnology

July 10, 2008 - Pastreich delivers banquet reception address at National Conference for Plant Biotechnology in Busan. In his talk, Pastreich spoke of the increasing importance of biotechnology and agriculture in today’s economy, predicting that agriculture would emerge again as a critical field of study in Korea.

National Nanofab Center & Nano Science and Technology Consortium MOU

July 05, 2008 - With the assistance of Ms. Neeru Biswas of Korea India Business Initiative (KIBI), the Asia Institute brokered an agreement for cooperation that resulted in an MOU between Korea’s National Nanofab Center (NNFC) and India’s Nano Science and Technology Consortium. This MOU is the first of its kind in nanofabrication and is clear indication of the role that Asia Institute is playing.

Yonsei Conference on International Relations

June 03, 2008 - Director Pastreich was invited to deliver a talk at the Department of International Studies at Yonsei University’s Wonju Campus concerning the evolution of the university and its future prospects.

Beijing Trip of Asia Institute

May 19, 2008 - Vice Chancellor Endicott and Director Pastreich traveled to Beijing, China for a five-day trip to explore closer cooperation in critical fields with peer institutions in China. Vice Chancellor Endicott delivered a talk on international relations at the China University of Political Science and Law. The School of American and Comparative Law agreed to cooperate with the Asia Institute on issues of international relations. The Asia Institute team also visited Tsinghua University’s Institute of International Studies and Department of Environmental Science and Engineering..

Pastreich talk at KAIST

April 22, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a talk at Korea’s leading technical university KAIST on the future of the university and the implications of technology for education.

Masahide Kajimoto of Kajimoto Concert Management Visits Asia Institute

April 20, 2008 - President Masahide Kajimoto of Japan’s most important artistic management company Kajimoto Concert Management visited Daejeon to discuss future cooperation in the arts as a means of enhancing international cooperation in East Asia.

MOU with KRIBB

April 18, 2008 - The Asia Institute signed an MOU for future cooperation in biotechnology and policy with the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB).

Pastreich Lectures at Korea’s Central Officials Training Institute

April 04, 2008 - Director Pastreich delivered a lecture for a select group of public officials from all the ministries of the Korean government at the Central Officials Training Institute in Kwachon, Kyonggi Province. In the talk, Pastreich addressed globalization and its implications for government.

Pastreich Visits Harvard University

March 24, 2008 - Director Pastreich visited Harvard University for meetings concerning the future role of the Asia Institute and Harvard engagement with Korea. Pastreich spoke with Professor Marc Shell of the Department of the English, Professor Stephen Owen of the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Professor Jeremy Knowles, former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Professor Derek Bok, former President, Professor Joseph Nye of the Kennedy School of Government and Professor Henry Rosovsky, former Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Tsinghua University Delegation visits Asia Institute

March 16, 2008 - Professor Shen Xichen Tsinghua University’s Computer and Information Management Center led a delegation on a visit to the Asia Institute and SolBridge International School of Business to discuss future exchanges.

Director Pastreich to Washington, D.C.

March 03, 2008 - Director Pastreich visited Washington, D.C. in advance of the Chungnam Governor Wan-Ku Lee’s visit to the United States in his capacity of adviser to the governor. Pastreich spoke with policymakers at the Brookings Institution, John Hopkins SAIS Program and Georgetown University concerning Korea-US relations and the future of Northeast Asia.

Arirang TV Interview with Director Pastreich

February 04, 2008 - Director Pastreich was interviewed on Arirang TV concerning his role as adviser to the Governor of Chungnam Province. Topics covered included foreign direct investment, economic development, the environment and tourism.

Asia Institute’s Business Forum

January 24, 2008 - The Asia Institute held its first business forum with six leading members of the Korean business community. Representatives from the Hanhwa Group, the Korea Research Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB), Advanced Cultural Technologies and Services (ACTS) and other firms were present for a discussion about the Korean economy with faculty from the Asia Institute.