September 17, 2012

For more information, please contact:
Dr. HyungSon Ju email:
Dr. Younghee Woo
Institute of Distance Education, KNOU
Tel: 82-2-3668-4289 Fax: 82-2-766-3210

Korea National Open University (KNOU) was founded in 1972 as the first National Distance University in Korea. Since then, KNOU has played a pivotal role as the birthplace of open education in Korean higher education for last 40 years.

KNOU is preparing to make a new departure and to scale new heights on the basis of achievements and history of the last time. It is to be the center university where knowledge is produced, exchanged and shared with a slogan which is 'a center university for knowledge networks to open an era of wisdom'.

KNOU is hosting KNOU FORUM 2012 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of its founding and inviting experts both nationwide and worldwide. This forum will be an important opportunity to explore the role of open and distance education and to seek its development direction for bringing knowledge network society as close to reality. Especially, as the 4th KNOU/OUC/OUJ International Seminar and e-ASEM meetings are being held together, this forum is expected to be even more meaningful.

We appreciate your interest and participation in KNOU FORUM 2012 and hope KNOU FORUM 2012 will provide a place of communication to those engaged in distance education for exchanging and sharing knowledge as well as information together.

e-ASEM is one of the five networks under ASEM Lifelong Learning(LLL) promoting and nurturing cooperation among Asian and European countries with regard to academic exchanges and researches in the fields of ICT skills, e-Learning and the culture of e-Learning of lifelong learning. In line with the expertise and deep experience of its members, e-ASEM aims to be a hub of educational researchers, practitioners and policy makers in Asia and Europe for educational innovations in lifelong learning and distance education. Since May 2005, Korea National Open University has been coordinating its activities.

On behalf of the e-ASEM research network members, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all those who helped us host our network meeting along with the KNOU's 40th anniversary conference. I believe the meeting will give a great opportunity to envisage the future of open and distance education in the knowledge society and contemplate the role of e-learning with experts nationwide and overseas.