The Intangible Cultural Heritage(ICH) Youth Network is consists of undergraduate students from the Department of Cultural Property Management and the Department of Intangible Heritage of the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage. The Korea National University of Cultural Heritage was founded in 2000 and is the only university in the world that specializes succession of traditional culture development and the cultivation of practical professionals in preserving, managing, and utilizing cultural heritage. Also, the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage is serving as the first secretariat office of the Asia-Pacific Higher Education Network for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (APHEN-ICH) and has been introduced in the report of the thirteenth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage as one of the examples that play the role of a tertiary educational institution to train and research for the protection of intangible heritage.
Members of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Youth Network met as colleagues during the internship at the UNESCO Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific (ICHCAP). They decided to establish a network for young professionals who are active in the field of cultural heritage. Youth Network members are interested in self-governing activities and policy participation and promoting intangible cultural heritage projects from environmental and ecological perspectives. And these young professionals hope to become leaders of the intangible cultural heritage field in the future.