Ilchi Lee has fulfilled his dream of making Brain Education an academic discipline. Recognized by the government of the Republic of Korea, Brain Education is now being taught in schools Ilchi Lee founded at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school levels. In the future, he hopes to extend the curriculum to the elementary and pre-elementary levels. In addition, Brain Education has been incorporated into existing elementary and high schools in South Korean and the United States.
While primarily experiential, the philosophy behind Brain Education and the history of its ancient roots lends itself to academic application. However, it takes education a step further than intellectual understanding. Brain Education develops good character and integrity in a very real way in the individuals who practice it.
Brain Education in Schools
A number of companies have brought Brain Education to traditional schools in South Korea, the United States, and China. In the U.S., Brain Power Wellness (formerly Power Brain Education) has been offering a variety of innovative on and off-site trainings to more than five hundred schools, businesses, senior centers, non-profits and community organizations since 2006. All Brain Education trainings include brain-based physical, emotional, and cognitive exercises, as well as postures, breathing techniques, guided imagery and games. www.brainpowerwellness.com
Educational Institutions Established
Benjamin School of Character Education
Ilchi Lee felt character development has been missing from today’s traditional, especially public, educational institutions. Focusing on his native South Korea, he founded an alternative high school in 2014 that gives hands-on aid in developing character. Students take the program exclusively for a year (or more?) and choose a project and course of study themselves that they are passionate about. They also are required to work part-time to learn basic job skills and independence and connect with each other through field trips and an online system. In its second year, the school had 1000 applicants.
Global Cyber University
This four-year online university went live in 2010 with the approval of Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology with a class of 490 students. Based in Cheonahn City, the Global Cyber University has three departments, each having two majors: Human Services, Global Business Management, and Korean Cultural Studies. With a founding philosophy of Hongik, to benefit all humanity, the university aims to develop global leaders. http://eng.global.ac.kr
University of Brain Education
The University of Brain Education (UBE) is a research-oriented graduate school in South Korea established in November 2002. Ilchi Lee founded the school under the traditional Korean philosophy of Hongik—all humans have the innate desire to benefit others and live harmoniously with each other and the earth. Ilchi Lee currently serves as the president of UBE. Through its research, UBE is furthering the fields of Brain Education, Korean classics, and peace studies. It helps students to become productive, creative, peaceful leaders who promote the health and happiness of all human beings. It is the global hub of Brain Education.
Before establishing Brain Education as an academic subject, Ilchi Lee established the Korea Institute of Brain Science in December 1990. A non-governmental organization (NGO) focused on brain research, KIBS’s vision is to promote greater understanding of the recovery and optimization of the natural and healthy functioning of the brain. Its mission is to develop Brain Education methods for improving brain function, to elucidate their mechanisms of action, and to identify practical applications. In 2007, KIBS was given consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, offering expertise about how to use the brain to further international cooperation. It has published the magazine Brain and the webzine Brainmedia.co.kr. It often holds seminars on Brain Education and heightened sensory perception (HSP). KIBS sponsors the International Brain HSP Olympiad and Brain Education Conference, as well as other Brain Education events at the United Nations.