- About NAFI
National Assembly Future Institute was established to achieve expertise in future research, independence from political parties and the administration, and convergence throughout sectors. We will become 'a national partner opening a new future'.
Greetings! The National Assembly Future Institute is a government-supported research institute directly affiliated under the Chairman of the National Assembly that predicts the future of Korea and researches future strategies.
Why is there a future institute in the National Assembly when there are many government-supported institutes under the administration? First, under the 5-year single-term presidential system, it is difficult to put priority on researches that look into a distant future. Occassional future researches may be difficult to accumulate expertise. Second, different political parties may not always agree with the future visions of Korea proposed by the administration. There are limitations for government-supported institutes under the administration to point out the need for policy changes. Third, since existing government-supported institutes are specialized by sector, conducting convergence research is not easy. As such, the National Assembly Future Institute was established directly under the Chairman of the National Assembly to achieve independence from political parties and the administration and convergence throughout humanities, social and scientific technology by professionally focusing on future research.
The purpose of future research is to change today into the desired future instead of satisfying curiosity about the future. Therefore, future research consists of future prediction, future selection and future strategy. We will become the 'partner opening up new future' by showing people the future, identifying the future that people want and guiding toward it. We'd like to urge your support so that the upgraded NAFI can fulfill its roles.
Jin Park, Director of National Assembly Future Institute
Address of National Assembly Future Institute
This is Jin Park, the director of the National Assembly Future Institute.
There have been efforts of many until fruition of today since the office of the former Chairman of the National Assembly.
I'd like to show deep gratitude toward the efforts of the preparatory committee, board of directors of NAFI, secretary-general, vice secretary-general and employees of the Secretariat of the National Assembly.
Especially, without the strong will of the Chairman Se-gyun Jung of the National Assembly, NAFI wouldn't be established.
I'd like to show deep gratitude and respect toward the founder of the National Assembly Future Institute.
National Assembly Future Institute is the first government-supported institute in the National Assembly.
There have been many research institutes in the administration.
But due to the limitations under the 5-year single-term presidential system, there are many limitations in establishing long-term national strategies.
National Assembly Future Institute will research mid- to long-term national development strategies with continuity and consistency irrelevant of the change of regime.
Also, since government-supported research institutes are specialized by sector, there is lack of convergence research throughout sectors.
NAFI was launched with a small research team of 8 researchers.
We are an ideal research institute for convergence research with experts in various fields including Yoo-bin Kim, Dr. of electronic engineering and scientific technology policy studies, Hong-beom Kim, Dr. of biological engineering, Bo-gyung Min, Dr. of geography, Sung-won Park, Dr. of political studies, Jae-gwang Yoo, Dr. of international political studies, Chae-jung Lee, Dr. of policy studies, Young-hun Jung, Dr. of social laws, and Jong-ho Heo, Dr. of health policy.
The concept of talent at the National Assembly Future Institute is T type,
which means politically neutral talents who pursue professionalism and consilience.
The logo of NAFI was made by four T's each symbolizing four research sectors interconnected in a □-shape to create future.
Our research team must become the best experts in each sector instead of simply ordering researches by directly planning and participating in researches and converging the results with different sectors.
Projects will be conducted largely in three sectors.
First is base study.
By discovering future determining factors, we will predict the future of factors and derive the undertone of today.
Also, since the future depends on our choices, we need to identify the future that people want.
Second is research in four sectors.
The four major research sectors are international strategy, national growth momentum, sustainable growth and improved quality of life according to the National Assembly Future Institute Act.
Third is creating domestic and overseas network and improving future awareness of people.
In the selection process of precise research subjects, we will closely discuss with members to find tasks of high national priority.
At the end of my term, I'd like to be remembered as the director who layed the foundation of NAFI trusted by the National Assembly and the people.
To this end, the most important factor is maintaining political neutrality.
Political neutrality does not mean standing in the middle of arguments in all agendas.
Rather, it means researching guided by professionality without political inclination.
Please blame us for our expertise but we urge you not to doubt our neutrality.
We are launched with 12 persons including 8 doctors, 3 administration staff and the director.
Joint researches will be conducted by networking with experts throughout sectors.
But 8 researchers are insufficient to design the future of our nation.
We'd like to ask for unstinting supports and encouragement from affection toward the National Assembly Future Institute.
We promise to reward by building an institute trusted by the National Assembly and the people.