Korea Fulbright Alumni Association

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The Korea Fulbright Alumni Association (KFAA) represents the approximately 4,000 Korean alumni of the Fulbright Program who have undertaken grants during KAEC’s nearly 70-year history. Serving as leaders in their respective fields, alumni holding positions in politics, business, academia, culture, the arts, etc. have raised the prestige of the Fulbright Program through the work they have accomplished both independently and as members of the KFAA. Membership in the KFAA is open to all Fulbright participants who have successfully completed their grant programs and returned to Korea.

As part of the global network created through Fulbright, the KFAA promotes and shapes discourse regarding current social issues through symposiums and other alumni events, as well as diligent participation in social campaigns and fundraising and public diplomacy initiatives between Korea and the U.S. In addition, the KFAA actively supports the operations and mission of the Korean-American Educational Commission (KAEC) as the Fulbright Commission in Korea.

The shared experience of participating in international exchange through the Fulbright Program, renowned worldwide for its role in building mutual understanding, enriching educations, advancing careers, and making meaningful contributions, gives alumni both pride and a sense of responsibility. Fulbright Korea alumni and members of the FKAA feel it is their duty to utilize their respective positions for the prosperity of Korea, the U.S., and the broader global community.

History of the KFAA

  • May 1987: The Korea Fulbright Alumni Association (KFAA) is founded.
  • June 1987: KFAA launches the Fulbright Alumni Fellowship.
  • July 1987: KFAA selects the first Fulbright Alumni Fellow.
  • May 1988: The first KFAA newsletter is published.
  • May 1988: KFAA celebrates its first anniversary with an event at the Shilla Hotel.
  • September 1989: KFAA celebrates its second anniversary with an event at the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • September 1989: A committee of KFAA members is created to plan the establishment of the Korea Fulbright Foundation (KFF).
  • September 1990: A celebration is held for the 40th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea. Senator and Mrs. Fulbright are in attendance.
  • January 1991: The Korea Fulbright Foundation (KFF) is officially established.
  • September 1994: During the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the global Fulbright Program, KFAA and KFF select American scholars to receive research awards for the advancement of academic understanding between Korea and the United States.
  • January 1996: KFAA establishes the English Language and Culture Program (LCP) for children of Fulbright alumni.
  • November 1996: KFAA presents the book Korea’s Amazing Century: From Kings to Satellites to Harriet Mayor Fulbright, wife of the late Senator Fulbright, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the global Fulbright Program. The book, written by recipients of KFAA research awards, is presented to Mrs. Fulbright at a celebration held in the Korea Press Center.
  • May 1999: 206 Korean Fulbright alumni raise approximately 250 million Korean won for the purchase of the Fulbright Building, making the Fulbright Commission in Korea the only commission to own its own building.
  • October 2000: KAEC, KFAA, and KFF organize a celebration at the Radisson Seoul Plaza Hotel in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea.
  • October 2005: KFAA donates $14,000 to assist Thailand in recovering from the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Funds are donated through the Fulbright Foundation in the U.S. to support the construction of temporary libraries for schools in affected areas.
  • October 2005: KFAA donates approximately $38,000, and KFF $10,000, to the U.S. through the U.S. Embassy in Seoul to provide support to communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
  • October 2006: In honor of the 60th anniversary of the global Fulbright Program and the 100th anniversary of the birth of Senator Fulbright, KFAA commissions a bust of Senator Fulbright and donates it to KAEC for display in the Fulbright Building.
  • October 2010: KFF celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea through the sponsorship of a symposium.
  • July 2010: To mark the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea, a traveling art exhibition featuring the work of U.S. and Korean Fulbright alumni is hosted in Seoul, New York, and Washington, D.C.
  • October 2010: KAEC, KFAA, and KFF sponsor the publication of a commemorative history book entitled Fulbright in Korea’s Future, as well as the publication of a memoir featuring Korean Fulbright alumni entitled Dreaming of Peace, in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Program in Korea.

KFAA President

Seong Ho Lim

Seong Ho Lim

President of Korea Fulbright Alumni Association

KFAA’s current president, Dr. Seong Ho Lim, is a professor of political science and diplomacy at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. During his time at Kyung Hee, Dr. Lim has performed a number of roles, serving as Dean of Academic Affairs and President of Kyung Hee Institute for Human Society. Dr. Lim has also held noteworthy leadership positions outside of the university, becoming Chief of the National Assembly Research Service, a committee member of the Seoul Metropolitan Election Commission, President of the Korean Association of Area Studies, and President of the Korean Association of Party Studies. A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Dr. Lim received his Ph.D. in political science through a Fulbright grant to MIT in the early 1990s. He then went on to become a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Yale University and Simmons College during the 2003-2004 academic year. In addition to serving as KFAA President, Dr. Lim further supports the Fulbright Program in Korea as a Fulbright commission member of KAEC.

Former KFAA Presidents

  • 1987: Doo Hyun Kim (김두현), former Chairman of the Korean Bar Association and former representative lawyer of the Korea Joint Law Office
  • 1989: Sang Joon Hahn (한상준), President of Hanyang University and President of the Korea Institute of Science and Technology
  • 1991: Yong Kwon Kim (김용권), Professor Emeritus of English literature at Sogang University.
  • 1994: Jung Hyun Ro (노정현), Director of the Korea Institute of Public Administration
  • 1996: Byong Man Ahn (안병만), Minister of Education, Science and Technology, President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Chairman of the Korea Fulbright Foundation
  • 1998: Kee Soon Kim (김기순), Professor Emeritus in the College of Physiology at Hanyang University
  • 2000: Bokcha Yoon (윤복자), Professor Emeritus in the College of Life Sciences at Yonsei University
  • 2002: Sang Hyun Song (송상현), Chairman of the Korean Committee of UNICEF and Director of the International Criminal Court
  • 2004: Seong Hak Kang (강성학), Professor Emeritus of political science at Korea University
  • 2006: Young Choi (최영), Professor Emeritus of English and English literature at Ewha Womans University
  • 2008: Moon Hwan Kim (김문환), President of Kookmin University
  • 2010: Oryang Kwon (권오량), Professor Emeritus of English education at Seoul National University College of Education.
  • 2012: In Chul Kim (김인철), President of the Korean Council for University Education and President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.\
  • 2016: Dong Yeon Kim (김동연), Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Opportunity and Finance, and President of Ajou University
  • 2017: Chang Soo Choi (최창수), Professor in the Department of Local Administration and Public Administration at Cyber Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
  • 2017: Seong Ho Lim (임성호), Professor of political science in the Department of Social Sciences at Kyung Hee University and Director of the National Assembly Research Service

KFAA Leadership

Name Title Affiliation Field Remarks
임성호 Lim, Seong Ho President Kyung Hee University Political Science Standing
김종복 Kim, Jong Bok Senior Vice President Kyung Hee University Linguistics Standing
이병규 Lee, Byoung Kyu Vice President of Foreign Cooperation Myongji University Law Standing
김도훈 Kim, Do-Hoon Vice President of General Affairs Kyung Hee University Management Science Standing
강제상 Kang, Je-Sang Vice President Kyung Hee University Public Administration
강희 Kang, Hee Daegu University American Literature
권기헌 Kwon, Gi-Heon Sungkyunkwan University Public Policy
박재완 Park, Jaewan Hanyang University Law
박진임 Park, Jinim Pyeongtaek University Comparative Literature
배형민 Pai, Hyungmin University of Seoul Architecture & Urban Studies
염명배 Yeom, Myung Bae Chungnam National University Economics
임석준 Lim, Suk Jun Dong-A University Political Science
최창수 Choe, Chang Soo Cyber Hankuk University of
Foreign Studies
Public Administration
홍기선 Hong, Ki Sun Seoul National University Pragmatics
강석률 Kang, Seok-Ryul Director Korea Institute for
Defense Analyses
Political Science
김민정 Kim, Min-Jung Ewha Woman’s University American Literature
김효선 Kim, Hyosun Chung-Ang University Psychology Standing
남궁영 Namkung, Young Kyung Hee University Tourism Management
박원호 Park, Won-ho Seoul National University Political Science Standing
서정건 Seo, Jungkun Kyung Hee University Political Science Standing
이선구 Lee, Sun Goo Yonsei University Health Law Standing
최아진 Choi, Ajin Yonsei University Political Science Standing
하준수 Ha, Joon Soo Kookmin University Arts
손병권 Sohn, Byoung Kwon Auditor Chung-Ang University Political Science
엄지용 Eom, Ji Yong KAIST Management Science