Australia-Korea Foundation—Strategic Plan 2013–16 and Priority Areas 2014–15
Australia has important geopolitical and economic interests in Korea which need to be sustained by a closer relationship that promotes an increased awareness of Australia in Korea and Korea in Australia. This requires a widening and deepening of the areas of contact and exchange between the two countries and their peoples. The Australia-Korea Foundation was established to support the exchange and dissemination of information, and to provide a source of advice and strategic guidance, in relation to the ways in which such relations may be encouraged, strengthened and developed. Much has been accomplished since its establishment in 1992 but much also remains to be done to continue to develop the relationship to a level which matches its strategic importance.
To enhance awareness and understanding in both Australia and Korea of the importance and mutual benefits of the bilateral relationship into the future
Key Strategic Areas 2013-16
- Geopolitical Relations
- Economics and Trade
- Education, Science and Technology
- Society, Culture, Arts, Sports and Media
To strengthen the Australia-Korea relationship in ways that enhance mutual understanding and cultural links.
The AKF will support Australia’s foreign and trade policy interests by facilitating activities that:
- raise awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia and increase understanding in both countries of Australia’s and Korea’s shared interests and importance to each other;
- increase knowledge and recognition in Korea of Australian excellence and expertise;
- promote exchanges of individuals and groups between the two countries across a broad range of fields, including international relations and trade, science and technology, education, society, culture and sports and the media ;
- encourage the development of institutional links, including between universities, research institutes, professional organisations, cultural establishments, museums, libraries, community groups and other non-government organisations;
- support Australian studies in Korea and Korean studies in Australia.
AKF Strategic Plan
Priority Areas 2014-15
In the context of the successful conclusion of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement, in support of President Park's Three Year Plan for Economic Innovation and with reference to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's South Korea Country Strategy, the AKF has designated the following priority areas for 2014-15.
Korean Language and Literacy
Projects which develop the language and cross-cultural skills of Australians to effectively engage with Korea and build a deeper understanding of Korean society, politics and the economy, including language studies and student/professional exchange programs. These are fundamentally important to the objectives of the Foundation.
Projects which establish new partnerships or build on existing collaborations between institutions or peak bodies and their counterparts in Korea, particularly in emerging fields of research and development or where Australia has specific expertise. Of particular interest are projects related to health, aging and social change.
Projects harnessing major sporting events, such as the 2015 Asian Cup hosted by Australia and the 2018 Winter Olympics hosted by Korea, to develop ties between the sports and business communities of Korea and Australia.
The Foundation will also consider applications in other areas, such as projects that advance Australia’s engagement with Korea by supporting cultural and academic pursuits, business and community exchanges, and partnerships and collaborations.