• KRIHS Visiting from KDI School of Public Policy and Management

    KRIHS Visiting from KDI School of Public Policy and Management Date: February 23 (Fri), 2024 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On February 23, a visit by foreign students of the KDI School of Policy and Management was held in the main auditorium of the KRIHS. Eunmo Yang, Associate Research Fellow at the GDPC, introduced the KRIHS based on the background of its establishment, major research areas, organizational structure, recent trends, and major cooperation plans. Thereafter, GDPC Director Youn Hee Jeong gave a lecture on the history of urbanization, economic growth, and infrastructure development in South Korea under the theme of ‘Urban Development Policies in Korea.’ In particular, examples of new city development policies were introduced, including land readjustment, the Gangnam New Town development, new town plans in the metropolitan area, and the Sejong City plans, and the implications of South Korea’s urban development were shared. This event provided an opportunity to share experiences of urban development in South Korea with KDI School students and to tell them how the KRIHS and the GDPC are conducting research and cooperation in relation to land and cities.
  • The First GDPC Academy 2024

    The First GDPC Academy 2024 Date: February 21 (Wed), 2024 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea The first GDPC Academy took place on February 21, 2024, at KRIHS. Dr. Taihee Lee from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) delivered a presentation focusing on Korea’s international development cooperation strategies, with an emphasis on the Knowledge Sharing Program (KSP) and the Economic Innovation Partnership Program (EIPP). During the presentation, Dr. Lee covered the following topics: (1) a brief history of international development cooperation in and out of Korea, (2) policy consultation and goal/result-oriented management, (3) key management strategies for KSP and EIPP projects.The presentation provided valuable insights into the evolution of international development cooperation in response to global issues over time. Dr. Lee highlighted the importance of knowledge sharing as a key aspect of development cooperation, exemplified by Korea's initiatives in KSP and EIPP. The significance of needs assessment and output/objective-oriented performance was also emphasized. Following the presentation, participants engaged in active discussions with the presenter. The GDPC Academy is a monthly event aimed at KRIHS members interested in international development cooperation. The next special lecture will take place in March.
  • Courtesy Visit by the Secretariat of EAROPH International

    Courtesy Visit by the Secretariat of EAROPH International Date: February 6 (Tue), 2024 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On February 6, 2024, KRIHS warmly welcomed two distinguished delegates from the Eastern Regional Organization for Planning and Housing (EAROPH) for a courtesy visit. Secretary-General Mazrina Khalid and representative Nazihah Jaafar of EAROPH had a meaningful dialogue with the EAROPH Korea Chapter, with the intention of enhancing collaboration and sharing insights on urban planning and housing. The EAROPH Korea Chapter, hosted by the GDPC at KRIHS, includes Dr. Gyo-Eon Shim, KRIHS President and Korea Chapter President, and Dr. Youn Hee Jeong, GDPC Director and Vice President. The agenda included a briefing on EAROPH, updates on the 2024 EAROPH program, and a discussion on future programs and events. This visit strengthens the collaboration between EAROPH and its Korea Chapter, focusing on urban planning and housing to promote sustainable development and improve human settlements.
  • Successful Completion of The 7th KRIHS – IDB Urban Development Academy

    Successful Completion of The 7th KRIHS – IDB Urban Development Academy Date: February 6 (Tue), 2024 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea GDPC successfully completed the KRIHS Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Urban Development Academy (KIUDA) online courses held jointly with the IDB’s Housing and Urban Development Department. Following the Spanish course held in May of last year, Portuguese and English courses were run simultaneously for about 10 weeks, starting in October 2023, thus completing training courses encompassing all the official Latin American languages. The two language courses completed this time were part of the 7th KIUDA Urban Regeneration Based on Land Readjustment program. Twenty-one civil servants from three Caribbean countries (Suriname, Barbados, and Trinadad and Tobago) participated in the English course, and 23 Brazilian civil servants participated in the Portuguese course. At the English course final presentation held on January 31, two central government agencies from Barbados (the Housing Development Corporation and the Ministry of Planning and Development) and one central government agency from Suriname (the Ministry of Social Affairs and Public Housing) presented project proposals. In common, the essence of these proposals was urban development projects, and projects to expand the infrastructure and auxiliary facilities were proposed. Panels from the KRIHS and the IDB evaluated the proposals and suggested directions for the projects. Choi Myung Shik, Research Fellow at the Land Policy Research Center at KRIHS, requested concretization of the project techniques and predicted that advisory cooperation regarding the enactment of laws and ordinances would be possible for Caribbean countries. Experts from the IDB local regional office mentioned the review of follow-up support for technical cooperation projects already being carried out in Barbados and other countries and suggested using items presented at this event. At the Portuguese language course final presentation on February 1, three state capital cities (Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, and Vitoria) presented two Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects (a TOD project based on the Gentileza complex terminal plan and a TOD project around the Minas shopping center and station) and one land reorganization project (near the Camburi Canal). The participants from Brazil’s state capital cities made full use of their project experience with the IDB to present concrete project proposals, and the IDB judged that there was great potential for the project proposals to develop into technology cooperation projects. Therefore, the IDB added one TOD project and one other project and is establishing a plan to undertake a cooperation project review. The KRIHS has produced and implemented online training to minimize the gap in face-to-face competency development projects during the last coronavirus pandemic and is continuously having discussions with the IDB to implement the project demands identified at this final presentation as a technical cooperation project to derive project outcomes equivalent to those from face-to-face training. In particular, it suggests the possibility for the KRIHS to further expand its partnership with Central and South American countries in areas of cooperation such as consultation regarding the enactment of laws and ordinances, and is planning to gather feedback from the KRIHS–IDB joint capacity-building project through the foregoing measures.  
  • Institutional Visit by the Secretariat of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum

    Institutional Visit by the Secretariat of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Date: November 15, 2023 Venue: KRIHS, Sejong, Korea On November 15, 2023, a high-level delegation of presidential national strategic research institutes from four Central Asian countries visited KRIHS as part of a visit program hosted by the Secretariat of the Korea–Central Asia Cooperation Forum. The purpose of the visit was to explore areas of future collaboration with KRIHS. At the meeting, the delegation was warmly welcomed by Dr. Myongsoo Kim, Vice President of Research at KRIHS. The welcome was followed by a presentation on the introduction of KRIHS and the functions and main activities of GDPC by Dr. Eunji Choi. During the discussion, the delegation enthusiastically expressed its interest in the possibilities of future cooperation with KRIHS by sharing the main policy agendas of each country related to territorial and urban planning. Possibilities of cooperation were explored in the areas of new town development, comprehensive national territorial plans, green cities, smart infrastructure, and balanced development. Dr. Youn Hee Jeong, the director of GDPC, and Dr. Lee Baekjin, senior research fellow of the Smart Infrastructure Research Center, introduced the delegation to Korea’s policy experience in formulating comprehensive national territorial plans, developing plans for new towns, relocating the administrative capital, and formulating land policies, such as zoning. Dr. Jeong expressed her willingness for future cooperation and provided guidance on official cooperation channels.