The Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS) was established in April 2012 to set up, grow and sustain Korean Studies in the Ateneo de Manila.

Propelled by its economic success, the increasing importance of Korea in international affairs has resulted to unprecedented changes in geopolitics, creating new opportunities and challenges that affect Philippines-Korea relations. This has drawn the attention not only of policymakers but also of the academe towards the need for advancing analyses on issues related to Korea. In recognition of such need, AIKS was established to consolidate the University’s persisting efforts to stimulate interest in Korea and its culture among the members its community, and to contribute as well to the strengthening of Philippines-Korea partnership.