South Korea’s four research universities including POSTECH and Germany’s TU Dresden announced that they have agreed to engage in international research collaboration.
POSTECH, Seoul National University (SNU), Yonsei University, UNIST, and TU Dresden signed a Letter of Intent on October 13 to establish a joint international research training group named ‘iEGSEMP Korea’ (International Excellence Graduate School on Emerging Materials and Processes) for training and research collaboration on Materials Science, a central field in academic and industrial research in both countries.
This joint initiative is a fruition of follow-up efforts to further strengthen the Korean-German collaboration, succeeding the visit of the President of the Republic of Korea, Geun-hye Park, to Dresden and the honorary doctorate which she was awarded from TU Dresden in March 2014.
According to the institutions involved, iEGSEMP Korea is to train ten PhD students, five from Germany and five from Korea, in a synergetic way in current topics of materials research for applications in electronics, energy and medical technologies.
The formal signing ceremony took place alongside the Joint Korean German Conference "Science and Innovation," which was attended by the German Federal President, Joachim Gauck. The foundation of the international research training group was announced during the opening ceremony of this event and is recorded in the photograph of German Federal President Gauck with Prof. Doh-Yeon Kim (POSTECH), Prof. Mooyoung Jung (UNIST) and Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen (TU Dresden), the presidents of three of the five institutions involved.
“Diverse experiences outside the classroom, and outside Korea, will be valuable assets for students wishing to become global leaders,” said President Doh-Yeon Kim of POSTECH. “I have no doubt that iEGSEMP Korea will allow Korean students to build international networks and hone their knowledge on the world stage. It will also add momentum to create more binational synergy between Korean and Germany.”
Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, the Rector of TU Dresden, also added after signing the Letter of Intent, "The PhD students will be working on highly innovative topics and they will greatly benefit from the close cooperation within the network of excellent partners in Germany and Korea."
To allow them to gain international research experience and to promote the synergetic approach, the German and Korean PhD students will each spend six months at an institution in the partner country.