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Background People around the world are joining in on the cooperative mode toward achieving peace where the activities of citizens through international and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) constitute the most important elements. As the nation which the current UN Secretary-General calls home, Korea aspires to serve as a hub for exchange, cooperation and research for world peace. Since its start in 1954, Hankuk University of foreign studies has built its reputation as the best university in Korea in the research and education in area studies. 
In particular, the Graduate School of International and Area Studies, which was established in 1996 with the aim of producing area specialists with practical competence working in the international field, has been regarded as a top-notch international area studeis programme in Asia with its curriculum encompassing the political, economic as well as socio-cultural aspects of nine different regions around the world.

Headquartered in Costa Rica, the United Nations-mandated University for Peace was established in December 1980 as a Treaty Organization by the UN General Assembly. The Charter of the University calls for UPEACE “to contribute to the great universal task of educating for peace by engaging in teaching, research, post-graduate training and dissemination of knowledge fundamental to the full development of the human person and societies through the interdisciplinary study of all matters related to peace”.