Gathering the Capabilities of the Institute of Science and Technology… Established ‘Joint Secretariat for the Institutes of Science & Technology’
△The inauguration ceremony for the science and technology institute joint secretariat was carried out in #640 of Hakbu Unit, Munji Campus at KAIST at 2pm on Friday, May 24.
South Korea’s 4 major institutes of science and technology are to establish a joint secretariat and reset their visions. At 2pm on Friday May 24 at KAIST, DGIST (President Young Kuk), KAIST (President Seong-cheol Shin), GIST (President Kiseon Kim), and UNIST (President Mu-young Jeong) held the inauguration ceremony for the ‘Science and Technology Institute Joint Secretariat (hereinafter joint secretariat).’ This signals that a center to execute creative collaborations and visions of 4 major science and technology institutes in Korea as well as to build close cooperation has been established.
KAIST, the first institute of science and technology, was established in 1971 to nurture highly-educated and skilled science and technology specialists needed for national development and to set a model example for engineering research university. Since then, innovative changes and development have been brought to engineering university education and research in Korea with the establishment of science and technology institutes in Gwangju (GIST, 1993), Daegu (DGIST, 2004), and Ulsan (UNIST, 2015). However, they have been facing internal and external challenges and crises in the rapidly-changing era of industrial revolution.
Executive Secretary Bo-won Kim of the Joint Secretariat (also the Head of the Planning Office at KAIST) explained the background of establishing the joint secretariat. “Now is the time we need to set new visions for the 4 science and technology institutes to become leading global universities that create values. At the joint secretariat, we will carry out various essential projects for the joint development of the 4 science and technology institutes.”
The Joint Secretariat for the Institute of Science and Technology aims to realize the ‘economy of scale’ and ‘synergy effects’ by concentrating the capabilities of science and technology institutes that are spread-out in different regions. The joint secretariat also seeks to play pivotal roles in innovations by building close cooperation system among the science and technology institutes and discovering the roles, responsibilities, as well as innovation strategies to carry out education, research, and industry-academy cooperation. With the establishment of joint secretariat, a strategy to expand the model for science and technology institute development will be implemented as well.
For this, the 4 science and technology institutes entered an MOU to install a joint secretariat on March 8. This organization was then tentatively established under the Planning Office of KAIST on April 4, and each science and technology institute sent a representative to start the job from early May.
Executive Secretary Bo-won Kim explained “The science and technology institute joint secretariat will plan projects and propose directions from various perspectives while pursuing integrated R&D of all science and technology institutes as well as each of their independent R&D at the same time. We will contribute for all the institutes to continue to lead the innovations in science and technology through close cooperation and collaboration between the Ministry of Science and ICT as well as all science and technology institutes.”
This inauguration ceremony was attended by 20 related officials including Director Hyeok-chae Koo in the Bureau of Future Human Resources Policy from the Ministry of Science and ICT, President Seong-cheol Shin at KAIST, President Ki-seon Chae at GIST, President Young Kuk at DGIST, President Mu-young Jeong at UNIST, as well as the chiefs of planning offices from each science and technology institute.