Education Center for Korean Integration


Seeking Improvements in North Korean Human Rights and Inter-Korean Social Integration Through the Leadership of Civil Society

In 2011, what began with the first North Korean Human Rights Academy to provide basic education on North Korean human rights to the public has grown into the NKDB Education Center for Korean Integration. NKDB now conducts educational programming by providing Academies on Unification Diplomacy, Psychological Counseling, Unification Social Welfare, North Korean Law, and the Together for Unification Academy in order to strengthen and unify civil society and provide civil education to make preparations for unification.


While safeguarding universal human values, communication between the people of South and North Korean and fostering an educational environment has become a vital need for the sake of transitional justice and inter-Korean social integration. Through a variety of educational programs and seminars, experts and civil society leaders share their wisdom and prepare for the unified future.




Classes offered twice per year (Spring semester March-July, Fall semester September-December). Please visit the Education Center for Korean Integration website for more information.

North Korean Human Rights Academy (Understanding North Korea, Basic Class)

The North Korean Human Rights Academy is conducted with the goal of sharing the objective reality of the severity of human rights violations in North Korea, as well as building a public forum for discussion and debate. Through this Academy, participants are challenged to think beyond basic recognition of the human rights issue, and instead discuss and learn different ways in how the situation can be improved. By taking part in the North Korean Human Rights Academy, participants are encouraged to take the opportunity to think about what measures South Korea and the international community can take to raise awareness and improve the North Korean human rights situation, as well as how to manage and give meaning to issues such as transitional justice in a future unified Korea.

Unification Diplomacy Academy

Through discussions with former ROK Ambassadors to countries including the United States, China, Japan, Russia, and Germany, as well as the UN and other high level public officials involved in inter-Korean relations, the Unification Diplomacy Academy aims to cultivate the next generation of diplomatic movers and shakers in unification diplomacy. This Academy tackles issues such as what kind of strategies can be implemented to work toward inter-Korean peace and unification, as well as develops participants’ analysis and evaluation skills of the types of effort needed to realize these goals. Through direct interaction, discussion, and question and answer sessions with current and former Ambassadors and high level public officials, participants are encouraged to seize the opportunity to address a range of diplomatic issues currently surrounding the Korean Peninsula.

Together for Unification Academy

The Together for Unification Academy brings together participants in their 20s and 30s from both South and North Korea in an even split to discuss inter-Korean relations, North Korean democratization, human rights, and South-North social integration. Through this process, the Together for Unification Academy aims to train the next generation of professionals with the practical skills needed to steer inter-Korean relations toward a unified future. By bringing together young participants from both South and North Korea, we offer them the opportunity to learn about the importance of inter-Korean social integration and rational methodologies surrounding inter-Korean relations.

Together for Unification Forum

The Together for Unification Forum gathers together a dynamic group of students from the Education Center for Korean Integration that have displayed the potential and passion to more deeply understand North Korea and explore ways to effect change. The program is composed of students of North and South Korean parentage who participate in lectures and in-depth discussions once a month, exploring five major topics based on lectures and discussions led by invited experts.

Psychological Counseling Academy

This Academy aims to prepare the people of the two Koreas for possible conflict between citizens in the present and future through building psychological and emotional bonds as well as practical social integration. Based on a general understanding of North Korean society, this Academy explores the psychological characteristics of those North Korean escapees that have already arrived in South Korea, and looks for clues for how to achieve harmony between the people of the two Koreas. By participating in the Psychological Counseling Academy, the goal is to help participants develop their skills to become the leading psychological counseling professionals who will lead the successful future unified era through studying actual cases with some of the best experts in the field of psychological counseling, including North Korean escapees themselves.

Unification Social Welfare Academy

The Unification Social Welfare Academy was created with the goal of thinking about how to approach the social welfare issues that will be encountered in the process of reunification, and seeking solutions to those issues. Based on a general understanding of North Korean society, the Academy explores the considerations and preparations needed to establish a substantive unified South Korean social welfare system. From an understanding of North Korean society, we begin by deriving the implications of a unified Korean social welfare system by examining the case of unified Germany, exploring subjects such as clinical/medical treatment, children and adolescents, and the elderly and disabled to develop practical policies and procedures. Through this Academy, we prioritize providing participants with the opportunity to prepare for building a co-prosperous community between the South and North Korean people.

Dream Plus Forum

The Dream Plus Forum was created with the goal of cultivating awareness of North Korean human rights and unification, as well as teaching cultural inclusivity through person to person contact to the youth of both South and North Korea, subjects that are difficult to learn in a standard school curriculum. This Academy runs for a scheduled 3-4 days during the semester.


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Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) 북한인권정보센터

3F, Changgyeonggung-ro 1 gil-33, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea 

Zipcode: 04558

04558 서울시 중구 창경궁로 1길 33(충무로 4가, 삼양페이퍼피더블) 3층 

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