The Korea Institute of Public Administration


The Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) is a government-sponsored research institute in South Korea, established in October 1991. They do research not just on current issues of public administration but historical ones as well, as in 2009 when a researcher presented a seminar paper about the effectiveness of public spending during the reign of Sejong the Great in the 15th century.

 In December 2009, new institute head Bak Yung-gyeok withdrew their labour research group from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions and dissolved it. In June 2010, they held a seminar on the Lee Myung-bak administration’s regulatory reforms.In March 2017, the Institute held a reception at the American Society for Public Administration, and described their main research department and its duties (e.g., Department of Evaluation, Center for International Cooperation, Department of Public Safety and Social Cohesion Research).

The Korea Institute of Public Administration offers collaborative research and visiting research fellow positions with agreements ranging from the United States and Russia, to Cote D’Ivoire, Japan and Uzbekistan, among others.

KIPA’s Misson

The KIPA’s mission is to systematically research all matters related to the development of an overall administrative system and the improvement of administrative operation in social and human sciences. It is also to collect and manage information and data related to administration. It aims to contribute to national administrative development by promoting an exchange of information among domestic and overseas research institutes.

As the unique national policy research institute of public administration in Korea, the Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) established in 1991, seeks to advance national administration by continuing to produce excellent research findings in the areas of public administration and policy. In addition, KIPA has actively responded to shifts in the global administrative environment and continually seeks to raise the nation’s status as well as establish a proper role for government administration.

Nations that characterized modern society in the 21st century include globalization, knowledge informatization and sharing, and integration. In the midst of these changes, it is necessary to establish and operate a national administration system for government. Therefore, KIPA actively supports the improvement of government capability through research in the areas of public administration, such as future administrative demand estimation, regulatory reform, government performance evaluation, human resource management and development, Government 3.0, and creative administration. In addition, KIPA carries out various projects continuously related with official development assistance to promote the Korean wave in public administration.

KIPA will continue to build upon past achievements and invest efforts into national policy framing and public sector research institutes in order to establish a firm status as a globally competitive research institute in the field of public administration. In addition, KIPA will work towards maximizing core research capacity in areas such as public sector future strategies and public governance, and continue efforts towards providing innovative and practical policy recommendations.

In order to perform a role as a major center for national administration research, KIPA is communicating and working with outside organizations to establish a cooperative governance system based upon structural and mutual cooperation. We seek your kind interest and encouragement so that KIPA can contribute to the advancement and globalization of Korean public administration, share KIPA’s vision and mission with your citizens, and enable a smooth communicative forum.

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