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The Institute of Confucian Philosophy and Culture was established under the Academy of East Asian Studies (AEAS) in March, 2000 in order to make a research on Confucian culture in general with much focus on Confucianism, one of the core thoughts of East Asian culture, and to reinterpret and develop traditional Confucian thoughts in a modern context for the 21st century and, lastly, to pursue the research of an ideology or a culture which could benefit mankind.
 In order to further cherish the Confucian tradition of Sungkyunkwan University, the institute publishes a professional academic journal“The Journal of Confucian Cultural Studies” in both Korean and Chinese language versions to make it internationally known, and, at the same time, to publicize abroad its academic achievements in the area of Confucian studies in Korea and to introduce the academic researches of foreign scholars to the domestic area, thus playing a role as a bridge between Korea and the international academic community in the fields of Confucian thoughts and culture.
 As part of its mid and long-term research projects, the institute endeavors to accomplish the following three major tasks. First, the institute will endeavor to accomplish a complete translation of the confucian canons, into contemporary Korean language in order to inherit and develop the tradition in a modern context. Second, it plans to publish "Collection of East Asian Confucian Philosophy" This project will contribute a lot to pursuing a deeper understanding of traditional East Asian culture by illuminating systematically the historical background of thoughts in Korea, China and Japan, which have jointly made a pivotal role in establishing the tradition of East Asian culture and thinking. Third, as a long-term plan to seek for deeper and profound research of East Asian culture, the institute will publish “The Research Works of East Asian Studies,”which will help accumulate necessary information and materials needed for the understanding and interpretation of Confucian thoughts.
 In an effort to seek for modernization of Confucian philosophy and the alternatives to modern Western thoughts through the reinterpretation of Confucian philosophy, the institute has held an academic seminar on the theme of“The Contemporary Society and Confucian Idea of Community,”where scholars in the politics and neighboring fields participated. In November 2000, the institute held another seminar on the theme of “The Encounter of Confucianism with Social Science,” which was aimed at facilitating exchanges in the fields of sociology, psychology, politics and law. The seminar is scheduled to be held annually to produce more profound academic achievements.
 The focus of the institute's major projects will not only remain in the field of the academic area, but will expand to other areas on a gradual basis. They include the formation of a basis for the recovery of homogeneity in a unified Korea of the future; the development of a unique model for the modernization of traditional Confucian rituals and its modern adaptation; the development of a new program for cultivating humanity by utilizing the traditional education method of old Korea in a modern context; the establishment of a private reading school (or“seo-dang”) which will serve as a center to cultivate professional translators for the popularization of Confucian thoughts; holding open lectures for promoting the understanding of artworks featuring the spirit of Confucian thoughts; creating a dialogue program for different religions and thoughts; and finally the accumulation of basic data and the formation of a data base system for traditional thoughts and culture.

 The institute is composed of scholars of authority and researchers who can effectively carry out their projects in each of their fields. In an effort to acquire necessary scholars in their own fields, the institute plans to compile necessary information and establish a pool system for professional researchers. The pool system will effectively work for the modernization process of Confucianism.