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KAIST's Priorities

KAIST is now poised to take its place among the world’s best universities - not just in science, technology, and management.

Our long-term vision and the current focus of KAIST is no less than achieving the following ultimate goal: KAIST will become one of the top science and technology universities in the world, and as such, the region around KAIST will become a major hub for high technology industries in Korea and the world.

There are three major goals for KAIST. The first is to produce the next generation of leaders for society, industry, and academia. The second is to build a knowledge base and create technologies that will shape the future of humankind. The third goal is to provide public service that will change our world for the better.

To achieve these goals, there are four priorities that KAIST must address, which are known as

“KAIST Priorities.”

First, KAIST must continue improving the quality of education in its undergraduate and graduate programs to ensure that the highest possible level of education is offered to its students.

Second, we will cultivate the world’s leading research areas by encouraging creative, individual research and intensively supporting research areas selected by KAIST researchers.

Third, KAIST will hire as many as 700 professors by vigorously recruiting first-rate new staff. KAIST will continue to recruit outstanding new professors until the professor-to-graduate student ratio, which stands at 1 to 12 today, is improved to a 1-to-6 level. An equally important issue is attracting more female students and faculty. They are important intellectual resources, who should be fully engaged in science, technology, and management.

Academic & Research Excellence

KAIST offers top-notch undergraduate and graduate programs designed to cultivate the world’s best leaders. KAIST ranked the highest in the National University Assessment 2006 conducted by Joongang Ilbo. In particular, the number of papers published in SCI journals and patents obtained by professors are the highest among all Korean universities.

Fourth, KAIST will launch projects designed to promote international ties and establish educational, research, and administrative systems that meet international standards in a steady manner, so that the school will become the world’s leading global institute in both name and reality. To this end, we will promote academic credit exchange and a joint degree program with prestigious overseas universities while continuously hosting international symposiums and attracting excellent full-time professors from abroad as well as talented students.

“If we achieve these goals, in the years to come, KAIST will be the place where innovative, new ideas and concepts are created that change the way people think and approach challenging issues. It will be where leading theories and innovative technologies are generated. Most of all, it will be the place where our planet’s future leaders - in all fields of human endeavor -are groomed through the rich education and varied experiences they receive and the professional and personal relationships they cultivate. ”