Australia-Korea Foundation – Strategic Plan 2013-16 and Business Plan 2013-14
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.
Following the release of the ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ Whitepaper, AKF goals, strategies and priority areas have been directed towards the achievement of national outcomes outlined in the whitepaper.
Business Plan Priority Areas 2013-14
While the AKF will look to undertake initiatives that fulfil its wider goals and continue to support flagship and scholarship programs, in 2013-14 the AKF will place a special focus on four themes or priority areas for new projects and activities to be funded. These four themes which support ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ Whitepaper national outcomes are:
- Korean Language and Literacy
- Green Growth and Environment
- Digital Services
- Sport and Community (focus on soccer/Asian Cup 2015).