Grants to Wonkwang University
2017 (Duration 2 years)
IKSAN, KOREA, SOUTH — Founded 1946, Wonkwang University is a private institution located in Iksan, Republic of Korea (ROK) dedicated to higher learning on a wide variety of topics. This award supports a unique collaboration between issue experts in the ROK and Japan who are working to bring an end to the growth of weapons-useable material stockpiles in North East Asia. Its intended outcome is to challenge support for an activity that has led to such stockpiles—reprocessing plutonium from spent nuclear fuel—by informing policy makers and the public about the economic, public health, and security risks it poses.
2015 (Inactive Grant)
IKSAN, KOREA, SOUTH — Founded 1946, Wonkwang University is a private institution located in Iksan, South Korea. The project aims to educate local political leaders in nuclear power plant hosting regions about spent fuel management. It is intended to provide them with scientific knowledge so they can understand the meaning and longer-term effects of the South Korean government’s possible decisions on their region.
2012 (Inactive Grant)
International Peace & Security
IKSAN, KOREA, SOUTH — Founded 1946, Wonkwang University is a private institution located in Iksan, South Korea. The goal of this research project is to find a feasible alternative to the current method of storing spent fuel in South Korea. This project will compare dry cask storage with alternatives, incorporating technical, political, economic, and national/local opinion factors. This project fits into MacArthur’s goal of promoting sound global energy policies to ultimately prevent nuclear terrorism. Funds will be used for partial staff salaries, surveys of local government and public attitudes about dry cask storage, travel, educational seminars, and publications.
The MacArthur Foundation awarded Wonkwang University $680,700 between 1978 and 2018.