Under the auspices of the AKS - FUB/RUB OLUKS (Overseas Leading University Program for Korean Studies) Project Circulation of Knowledge and the Dynamics of Transformation (2009-2014), a unique hub of Korean Studies has been created in the heart of Europe. Building on the extensive outcomes of this initial project both institutes succesfully applied for a second project titled Transcoding as Cultural and Social Practice (2014-2019) within the AKS sponsored CUPKS (Core University Program for Korean Studies).
Both involved institutions at FUB and RUB work hand in hand through scholarly interaction, through the organization of international conferences within the scope of the project theme, and through raising the status of Korean Studies within humanities at and beyond the respective universities by integrating the theme and underlying approach of our project into larger collaborative research agendas.
By means of this jointly conducted research-project, cooperation between the Korean Studies Institutes has been greatly strengthened. Joint courses for students of both RUB and FUB have been and will be offered. The respective curricula have been diversified and accredited, project-related classes have been and will be offered to M.A.-students of both FUB and RUB. A cooperation in teaching between the participating institutes on the graduate level has thus been strengthened.
The theme of the projects as well as the approach implicated in it have drawn much attention from colleagues in other fields of the humanities at both participating universities and beyond.