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To provide multicultural diversity education programs to the students and professionals of both Alabama and Korea.

To act as a Global Partnership Facilitator by bridging the differences between institutions and corporations of Alabama and Korea for local economic prosperity.


Profound learning experiences for all.


A-KEEP stands for the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership and was founded on December 8, 2011. The nonprofit is the result of an MOU between the Alabama Department of Education and the Gyeongbuk Provincial Office of Education in South Korea, which provided the exchange of students an teachers between the state of Alabama and South Korea.

The nonprofit’s founding members are Dr. Thomas Bice, the Honorable Gerald Dial and Ms. Meesoon Han.

What We Do

A-KEEP acts as a Global Partnership Facilitator for economic prosperity that provides education in global leadership and multicultural diversity. A-KEEP’s works provide critical knowledge and services to improve the quality of life for students, professionals, and organizations while enabling these groups to take full advantage of the opportunities of growing economic ties between Alabama and South Korea.

Non Profit Status

The Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership (A-KEEP) is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organization (tax identification number 45-4297350) under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.