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RESEARCH

Research Background

POSTECH Research: Becoming Internationally Recognized for its Excellence
POSTECH’s research achievements are among the best in Asia. With the guidance and mentorship of excellent faculty, POSTECH students are inspired and trained to become future leaders in science and engineering. Through high-impact research and development in basic and engineering sciences, the university aims to become a world-class research institution.
Asia’s Top Research Achievements
With the number of SCI papers per faculty member reaching over 6.5 per year and the number of citations per paper exceeding 13.8 in 2014, POSTECH’s research performance has been regarded as one of the best in Asia, and has spurred the corresponding growth of the university’s intellectual properties in quantity. Now, POSTECH strives to significantly enhance the quality of our research by conducting high-risk, trend-setting research, publishing high-impact papers, securing core and enabling patents, and developing a proactive entrepreneurial & technology commercialization ecosystem.
Conducting World-Leading Research
POSTECH aspires to become one of the world’s best in selected research areas in science and engineering such as next-generation materials. Complemented by excellent research institutes and infrastructures that are second-to-none in Asia including the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, the Max Plank Korea/POSTECH, the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics, the Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology and the National Institute of Nanomaterials Technology, POSTECH seeks new breakthroughs in basic and applied research that can advance the world.
POSTECH strives to conduct venturous and creative research in basic sciences. Four research centers of the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), which was recently established by the Korean government to promote world-class research in basic sciences, are located at POSTECH. Four outstanding scientists and their teams in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences are currently carrying out world-class research on campus.
POSTECH is also a leader and innovator in the field of engineering. A prime example of POSTECH’s commitment to collaborative and multidisciplinary engineering education and research is the Department of Creative IT Engineering (CiTE). By performing world-first high-impact research that takes advantage of Korea’s phenomenal strengths in IT and deploying a new educational paradigm that emphasizes self-initiation in problem-solving, collaboration and entrepreneurship, CiTE is laying a strong foundation for the future to advance IT companies’ innovative capacities to the next level, elevate their competitiveness, and solidify their position as global leaders and innovators.
Promoting Academia-Industry Cooperation and Start-Up Ventures
As the competition among leading international companies intensifies, differentiation strategies are needed. Fostering creative and entrepreneurial talent that can explore uncharted territories in science and technology is the foremost mission of POSTECH.
With pioneering research and well-educated and motivated students, POSTECH is also implementing a new academia-industry cooperation system in Korea based on a mutually-beneficial long-term partnership between the university and industry. In this partnership, POSTECH performs high-risk, high-impact research that is difficult to be undertaken by industry. This cooperation facilitates the creation of breakthrough technologies, which will be transferred to industry and later commercialized. This system provides a foundation for the commercialization of technologies that could make a big difference and have a lasting benefit on society and humankind.
Also, by organizing the Association of POSTECH Grown Companies (APGC), which consists of over 50 venture companies founded by university members and alumni, POSTECH actively promotes the creation and growth of start-up ventures by supporting entrepreneurs with practical help such as entrepreneurship education/training, venture mentoring, angel funding, and management consultation.
Establishing POSTECH’s Culture in Research
When striving to make the seemingly impossible possible through high-risk research, failures happen often, and it is important to learn from failure and continue rather than to give up.
POSTECH is committed to establishing a research culture that encourages creativity, innovation and collaboration with a challenging spirit. For example, POSTECH has an internal competitive seed funding mechanism for high-risk research projects. Another example is the Presidential Fellowship, which was established in 2012 and is awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students who dare to tackle a risky, but transformative research idea on medical devices.
New programs and services are currently being developed for faculty, students, and researchers so that a dynamic entrepreneurial culture can permeate POSTECH’s campus. As part of these efforts, the POSTECH Center for Business Development provides technology trend analyses, IP portfolio development and management, and consulting for securing the core patents and patent strategy.
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  • Department : Research Planning Team
  • Last Update : 2015-06-26
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