KEDI: Korean Educational Development Institute (Republic of Korea)

  • Vision, Mission Main Function and Activities
  • Brief History
  • On Going Porjects/Studies
  • Materials/Publications
  • Netwroks & Partners
  • Contact Information

Vision and Mission

KEDI is one of the most prominent educational policy research institutes in Korea. It has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing innovational education systems to improve Korean education. KEDI has actively conducted policy researches with the goals, which is to suggest vision for future education and improve solution capabilities for problems, strengthen Idea Bank functions for Korean and global community’s education policies and improve the international competitive power in education policy research. KEDI aims to become one of the world-class research institutes for educational policy.

Main Function of the Organization: (Duty and Tasks):

  • To prepare and establish future direction and vision for Korean education
  • To provide strategic alternatives for educational innovation
  • To conduct in-depth analysis of school education
  • To analyze the strengthens and weaknesses of Korean education
  • To undertake projects commissioned by the government
  • To research fundamental theories in education

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Brief Histroy

1970s-1980s: New education system development & leading education reform

  • Aug. 1972: Establishment of KEDI
  • 1970-1989: Focused on educational development

1990s: A leap to becoming a renowned educational policy research institute

  • Jan. 1997: Education Broadcasting System (EBS) and Multimedia Education Research Center separated and made independent
  • Oct. 1997: KEDI’s Research Center for Vocational Education spun off to become Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET)
  • Dec. 1997: KEDI’s Research Center for Curriculum Development spun off to become Korea Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE)

2000s-Present: Towards a world first-class education and talented leaders

  • Aug. 2009: Designated as Education Support Center for North Korean Migrants
  • Jan. 2010: Designated as 3rd Teacher Training Institute Evaluation Center

Awards, Honors and Press

  • Oct. 1978: The Golden Anniversary Citation Award for the world’s top ten educational R&D institutes by Britannica, UK.
  • Oct. 1992: The Sejong Award from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism
  • Oct. 1994: The Iohannis Amos Comenii Award for UNESCO and Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic
  • Dec. 1997: The Associate Center Award for excellence in education and outstanding service to UNESCO-APEID
  • Dec. 2009: Selected by Korea Business Weekly magazine as Korea’s top research institution among 100 that research politics, society, social services and education
  • Feb. 2010: The 42nd Korean Library Award from the Korean Library Association

Major Research Porjects/Studies in 2011-2015

Since its inception in 1972, KEDI has been undertaking researches and enterprises to develop Korea into a global leader in education. These measures included proposing fundamental directions for Korea’s national education policy, developing educational policy and conducting research on its evaluation, basic research for educational policy analysis, research on fundamentals of education for human resource policies, research on higher educational research on rural education budget, research on global education, research on gifted and talented education, research on school enhancement, school innovation enterprise, assessment on educational institution, running an open university, and so on.

Given the challenges of globalization, it is vital that KEDI continue strengthening its world wide educational network to increase international understanding and cooperation. KEDI will continue to carry out its functions as the national research institute to provide the vision and policy direction to solve the problems that Korean education faces.


  • KEDI Journal of Educational Policy (English; biannual)
  • The Journal of Korean Education (Korean and English manuscripts; quarterly)
  • Educational Development (Korean; quarterly)
  • Statistical Yearbook of Education (Korean and English; annual)
  • ER&D Educational Policy Forum (Korean; monthly)
  • Position Paper (Korean; irregular)

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Languages of Resources Available

Korean and English

Networks & Partners

KEDI has already developed an international network with 18 different world-class educational organizations and institutions such as OECD, UNESCO, and World Bank.

International organizations: As a member state of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the United Nations Educational. Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) , the South-Each Asian Ministries of Education Organization (SEAMEO), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), KEDI is actively expanding joint research and international collaboration opportunities in the areas concerning education and human resource development with these international organizations in accordance with Korea’s international position and increasing capacity.

National organization:
CRESST United States, NIER Japan, NCEDR China, Beijing Normal University, SEJ Mexico, INRP, Education Review Office New Zealand, Office of the Education Council, Thailand, NIE Singapore, VNIES Vietnam, ROA Russia, IIE Sweden, ADEA Tunisia, ALA Australia

Academic institutions:
University of Alberta, Beijing Normal University, Shanghai Academy of Educational Sciences, Hong Kong Institute of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, George Mason University


Contact Information

Focal point for ARTC: (Name and Title) Korean Educational Development Institute (KEDI)
Address: Baumoe 1Rd. 35, Seocho-gu Seoul 137-791, Korea
Tel: 82-2-3460-0216
Fax: 82-2-3460-0156