The Korea-America Student Conference (KASC) is student-led, academic and cultural exchange program that builds closer ties between young leaders in both countries. With rising tensions across the Pacific, the importance of a strong US-Korea relationship cannot be overstated. KASC addresses the need for cooperation and understanding between the two nations by bringing together 25 American and 25 Korean students every year for the month of July, building trust among the youth on a grassroots level
The US and South Korea have had a strong alliance for 60 years, but increasing tensions in NE Asia have led to diplomatic challenges between the two nations. It is so important now, perhaps more than ever, to strengthen the alliance to ensure stability and prosperity in the Pacific region. The key to solving the challenges of regional friction is found in the students: the future global leaders. Through personal connection, understanding, and respect, KASC students help build a brighter future.
KASC is unique, in that a group of elected student leaders take full responsibility to plan and organize each conference start to finish. They discuss important and sensitive, that range from politics to culture and history, outside of the traditional classroom setting. By attending lectures, meeting professionals and doing community service, students understand the differences of each others cultures and build trust with one another. Ultimately, KASC develops culturally aware global leaders.
KASC is relatively new, but the bilateral relationship runs deep. Through this intense experience of global leadership training, students will gain knowledge and confidence to co-create long-run bilateral relations. Each year 50 new students gain cultural and global awareness, enabling them to appreciate the differences in cultures throughout the world. They build mutual understanding, friendship, and trust on the path to peace and stability in the Pacific region.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).