The 1st Research University in Korea, POSTECH, Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) first opened its doors in December 1986 as the first research-oriented university in Korea with a founding vision to advance the development of the nation and pursue the betterment of humanity through scientific and technological breakthroughs. Today, POSTECH has become the best research university in Korea, and one of the best in Asia, with international recognition built upon the 30 years of excellence.

POSTECH’s meteoric rise has astonished the global community as it was ranked 28th among universities in the world in 2012 and 1st in the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old by Times Higher Education from 2012 to 2014. This young private university that was established in a rural area of a non-English speaking country has defied the odds and blazed new trails in higher education and research by placing a strong focus on student-centered learning, excellent research, and well-oiled academia-industry collaboration.

In celebration of its achievements over the past three decades, and in appreciation for those who contributed to the University’s development, POSTECH organized a variety of programs leading up to the anniversary week. The wide-range of programs included the celebration ceremony, conferment of an honorary doctoral degree to Nobel Chemistry Laureate Noyori Ryoji, nomination of thirty promising young scientists and fifteen local hidden-champions, homecoming events for alumni, and musical concert with Maestro Nanse Gum.

At the 30th anniversary celebration ceremony, held in the Gymnasium on Friday, December 2nd, President Doh-Yeon Kim shared, on behalf of the University members, his gratitude and POSTECH’s vision for the next thirty years. Research universities now have a new mission to create value in society and lead innovation through research, rather than settling for a traditional role of creating knowledge and developing human capital. According to President Kim, POSTECH will stand at the forefront of this transformation into an entrepreneurial university in the 21st century.

Please click the link below to get a glimpse of the anniversary events.