The future of the nation’s science & technology depend on the development of basic science. The College of Natural Sciences fosters excellent scientists who perform independent and creative basic science research and will carry the future of Korea.
The development of science & technology is not possible without the creative research of the basic sciences such as physics, mathematics, chemistry, etc. In a world with ever-thickening technological barriers and unlimited competition, the possession of independent technological skills decides the survival of a country. These independent technological skills require creative research and education in the area of basic science.
KAIST’s College of Natural Sciences has 3 undergraduate departments (Department of Physics, Department of Mathematical Sciences, and Department of Chemistry) and 1 graduate program (Graduate School of Nanoscience & Technology) and fosters advanced science & technology talents that will play a pivotal role in society with the practical application of profound theories in all areas of natural science. With the formation of an intimate cooperation system between each department, seamless interaction and research between each area of study is possible. Based on this cooperation, active research activity is in progress, and leads the development of the rapidly changing industry of new technology.
Also, research teams are organized under each of the specialized areas of the Institute of Natural Science. Core research of government agencies and major industries, global academic exchange, and international joint research is in progress. Arranging a research chapter together with industry, academia and research, the College of Natural Sciences is significantly contributing to the development of technology and academics in all areas of the natural sciences.
The College of Natural Sciences is on par with the world's greatest universities and was ranked 47th in the 2013 QS World University Rankings. Since the establishment of the college, approximately 2,200 undergraduates, 2,600 master’s students, and 1,700 Ph.D. students have graduated and are actively serving as global leaders in various areas.
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