As a research institute specialising in rural education, KoREC was established for the following purposes: Implementation of policies and basic research related to education in rural areas, development and operation of training programs, organising and operating the association of domestic & foreign experts and field related people.
- Support and consult special programs for small schools in rural areas.
- Fundamental research for the establishment of education policy in rural areas.
- Basic research to support school culture and arts education in rural areas and development policy.
- Securing self-sustaining power of rural schools and seeking development plans.