KIHASA, the First-ever National Policy Research Institute in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Korea, held its 51st anniversary ceremony on July 20
- Date 2021-07-23
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The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, the first-ever national policy research institute in the humanities and social sciences in Korea, held its 51st anniversary ceremony on the 20th.
■President Lee Tae Soo announced KIHASA’s new vision, “Pioneering a new road for the Korean welfare state.”
■The KIHASA Digital History Museum, meaningful as a system for the preservation of the history of policy research and knowledge transfer to future generations, was opened and demonstrated at the ceremony.
■Awarding of appreciation plaques and excellent performance awards
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The ceremony was held in the following order: president’s announcement of the opening of the ceremony; part I: the road taken, “A 51-year history of policy research in health and welfare”; part II: KIHASA from the past to the future; awarding of appreciation plaques and appreciatory words; awarding of excellent research and policy contribution awards; and a group photo shoot.
In Part I, “The Rod Taken, a 51-year History of Policy Research in Health and Welfare,” it was confirmed through a report on the re-establishment of the founding date of KIHASA and the opening and demonstration of the KIHASA Digital History Museum that KIHASA is ready to take a new leap forward toward the next 100 years.
In Part II, “KIHASA from the Past to the Future,” a video was shown that recorded 51 voices of KIHASA staff who took part in the celebration and shared their ideas toward the future.
Next, president Lee Tae Soo announced KIHASA’s new vision and mission. He emphasized, “KIHASA’s mission is to create a country where everyone can enjoy a healthy 100-year lifespan without fear, discrimination and alienation and where diversity is respected.” He said that in the face of a crisis of inequality, inequity, and disparity at the turning point of a new era, Korea has to overcome the new challenges of the future in population, economy, society, environment, and politics, and overcome the ‘delayed welfare state’ and pioneer a new road for the Korean welfare state. He added, “Until the day we accomplish our mission and realize our vision, I will keep working on making KIHASA an exciting workplace with open communication. We are KIHASA, people with people in mind. Let’s go together.”
Jung Hae-Gu, chairman of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, in his congratulatory remarks, congratulated KIHASA on celebrating its 51st anniversary this year by finding a lost year of history, adding, “Since industrialization in the 1970s, Korea has not developed in a balanced way between economic growth and social welfare. As a result, we are ranked in the top 10 in the world in terms of economic power, but are facing a new challenge of inequality and polarization. In the face of such future challenges, KIHASA’s 51st anniversary has a special meaning. I hope KIHASA will take another leap into the future, building on its past history.
At this ceremony, Cho Nam-Hoon, former vice-president of KIHASA and Lee Seung-Uhk, professor emeritus of Seoul National University, were both awarded a plaque of appreciation for donating historical documents and advice for the KIHASA Digital History Museum. There was also an awarding of Excellent Research and National Policy Contribution Awards.
For the past half century, KIHASA has established itself as a top think tank in social policy, contributing to the development of Korea into a safer and happier society through policy research aimed at promoting the health and welfare of the people.