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Sejong Institute (Korean: 세종연구소, Hanja: 世宗硏究所) is a non-profit, private organization for public interest and a leading think tank in South Korea, conducting research on national security strategy, unification strategy, regional issues, and international political economy.[1] The Sejong Institute was established as a corporate foundation with the support of national leaders in politics and business, in the aftermath of the Rangoon Incident in January 1986. The institute's president, Chang Soo Jin (진창수), Ph.D in Political Science at the University of Tokyo, is a Korean expert in Japanese political economy.[2] The Sejong Institute works in collaboration with international specialists and institutions holding various academic conferences and forums around the world. Paik Hak-soon is the director of the Center of North Korean Studies and Inter-Korean Relation Studies at the institute.[3]

The Sejong Institute
TypeForeign & Security Think Tank
Chang Soo Jin (진창수)
Sejong Institute
Revised RomanizationSengjong yeonguso
McCune–ReischauerSe*chong yŏnkuso


For efficient and specialized research activities, the Sejong Institute operates three research departments – Department of Diplomatic Strategy Studies, Department of Security Strategy Studies, and Department of Unification Strategy Studies.


The Sejong Institute carries out an annual training program called the Sejong National Strategy Training Program. It lasts around 10 months and receives leaders from government agencies, government invested organizations and private sector. The trainees attend lectures from invited lecturers as well as research fellows of the Sejong Institute. Also, it carries out partnership program for diplomats jointly with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) participated by diplomats of South Korea’s cooperative partner countries.[4] Also, the institute has recently begun to offer the program Academy for Young Leaders for undergraduate and postgraduate student to cultivate young leaders of the next generation in the areas of diplomacy, security, and national unification.[5]


The books and journals they publish include joint and individual Mid-to-Long-Term Policy Research, Comprehensive Research, Granted Research Projects, quarterly National Strategy, monthly Current Issues and Policies, and a web-based email service in the form of Sejong Commentary.[6] The Sejong as an institution produces an Annual Report as well, which details an updated introduction of the institute and summarizes the annual research outcomes.[7]

Support programs for bereaved familiesEdit

The Sejong Foundation is providing financial support and scholarship to the bereaved families of the 1983 Rangoon victims — 17 senior diplomatic officials and other members of the presidential entourage – killed by North Korean terrorists.


November 25, 1983 Inaugural meeting was held and bylaw adopted
December 1, 1983 The Ilhae Corporate Foundation was established
July 2, 1984 The Ilhae Foundation opened its office
October 26, 1984 The subordination was shifted from the Ministry of Education to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
February 1, 1985 The foundation started granting scholarships and secured the foundation's building construction site
January 18, 1986 The Peace and Security Research Institute was established under the foundation
March 20, 1988 The foundation started to disburse financial support to the bereaved families of the Rangoon victims
May 4, 1988 The Ilhae Institute was renamed to the Sejong Institute
March 6, 1995 The Sejong training program was established and the first Term Training Course was provided
September 19, 1996 The corporate foundation Sejong Institute was restructured as the Sejong Foundation and the Sejong Institute became an affiliate of this foundation
February 10, 2015 Joon-woo Park inaugurated as the 12th Chairman of the Sejong Foundation
June 1, 2015 Chang Soo Jin inaugurated as the 10th President of the Sejong Institute



  1. ^ "Introduction". Introduction. Sejong. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  2. ^ "Organization". Sejong. Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  3. ^ "North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Partnership Program for Diplomats". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  5. ^ "Academy for Young Leaders". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  6. ^ "Sejong Institute". Retrieved 2013-10-06.
  7. ^ "Annual Report". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  8. ^ "History". Sejong. Retrieved 2013-10-06.