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KIPA, Chinese College Join Hands in Research of Public Administration
Source: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2011/12/178_100202.html
Source Date: Monday, December 05, 2011
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government
Country: China
Created: Dec 05, 2011

The Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) and Chinese Yunnan Public Administration College (YPAC) signed an agreement here Monday on international exchange, calling for increasing institutional cooperation in research on public administration. The institutional agreement was signed by KIPA President Dr. Park Eung-kyuk and Huang Shun, executive vice president of the Chinese college.

KIPA and the college, two highly-respected institutions, committed to quality and excellence in research, reached the general agreement to participate in joint activities that are mutually beneficial and consistent with their demanding institutional goals. These broadly defined cooperative activities are to share information in government administration and public-sector management practices and encourage joint research in governance. The accord also calls for inviting representatives from each other’s research community, when appropriate, to participate in academic conferences and work together to seek closer cooperation in collaborative research initiatives.

The YPAC, founded in 1951, teaches philosophy, economics, public management, scientific socialism and other social science subjects including the history of communism. Its curriculum focuses particularly on administrative reform, revamping of administrative mechanisms and retaining of high-ranking officials.

KIPA, founded in 1991, is a government-funded research organization existing under the Prime Minister's Office, with a broad mission to study administrative and management functions of the Korean government and to make recommendations about how these functions can be improved and made more efficient. Over the past 20 years, KIPA has gained international recognition for the quality of its research and acting as an important public administration think tank not only for Korea but for its partners around the world.

In a spirit of mutual understanding and collaboration, KIPA and the Chinese college will designate a liaison to facilitate communication between the two institutions and to address any issues related to public administration.

After the signing ceremony, Park gave a lecture on the creation of a green society before 300 students of the college. Park, a professor-turned-administrator, emphasized increased regional cooperation between China and Korea to effectively preserve energy in an eco-friendly manner. Park pointed out that Korea has achieved rapid economic growth but there were a variety of undesirable problems arising from fast industrialization, as seen from other early industrialized countries.

Noting that KIPA has made special efforts to prevent natural disasters and protect the environment in accordance with the Korean government's green growth policy, Park suggested the activation of green industry to sustain national growth. Green growth is one of the Korean government's key policies that place emphasis on the realization of low-carbon green life, and the development of green technologies and clean energy. The Korean government's green policy aims to maximize industrial competitiveness through balanced development and the conservation of natural resources, according to Park.

As an alternative solution to effectively cope with the looming energy crisis and natural destruction, Park cited the creation of a society of low waste or low entropy. Entropy is a measure of the amount of energy no longer capable of being converted into activity. The term was first coined by a German physicist, Rudolf Clausis, in 1868. In his book "Entropy," Jeremy Rifkin defines that an increase in entropy means a decrease in "available" energy. Every time something occurs in the natural world, some amount of energy ends up being unavailable for future activities. That unavailable energy is what pollution is all about. Pollution is a by-product of production.
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