South Korea is a highly innovative country. It is currently one of the world’s leading economies. Development and innovation already have a long history in this Asian state. Whether the production of silk and pottery products or letterpress printing, South Korea was at the forefront of handcraft and high-technology and was far ahead of many other countries. Today, the ambition and will for further development can be seen above all in the scientific and technical achievements.

Young Koreans have the opportunity to receive an excellent education to prepare them for a good start in their own careers. The education system is similar to the American model. Many students choose to pursue an academic career. This naturally includes experience abroad. The numerous collaborations that South Korea’s scientific institutions and universities maintain throughout the world are evidence of the great interest in internationalization.

There is also cooperation and scientific exchange between Forschungszentrum Jülich and various South Korean scientific institutions. Above all, information and energy are important research topics of the cooperation. In addition, Forschungszentrum Jülich welcomes numerous students, doctoral candidates and postdocs from South Korea for a research stay. The time spent together in Germany often results in fruitful exchanges that continue after the return home and can be expanded into cooperation and strategic partnerships.

A close exchange exists, for example, between Forschungszentrum Jülich and the National Research Council of Science and Technology (NST). Last year, the two partners entered into a joint research program in order to synergize the strengths of the two institutions and link them even more closely. Within the framework of the program, two guest scientists from Jülich and two from the NST each have the opportunity to spend a research period in the other country. Through the exchange, the young scientists can gain important experience and advance their careers.

In addition to the NST, the Forschungszentrum Jülich also maintains important partnerships with the IBS Center for Quantum NanoScience (IBS-QNS), the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), the Yosei University and other major South Korean institutions.

For more information on the individual partnerships and opportunities for students, doctoral students and PostDocs, please contact Dr. Hyunji Park. Since 2018, Ms. Park has been supporting the Department of National and International Relations of Corporate Development at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Ms. Park oversees the research center’s exchanges and collaborations with organizations and institutions in Asia and Oceania.

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About Sabine Clemens

Sabine Clemens ist Pressereferentin für den Fachbereich Nationale und Internationale Beziehungen in der Unternehmensentwicklung. Daher schreibt sie in diesem Blog über die verschiedensten Themen der Internationalität. --- Sabine Clemens is press officer for National and International Relations in the department of Corporate Development. She therefore writes about a wide variety of topics relating to internationality in this blog.

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