POSTECH Opens the School of Convergence Science and Technology

POSTECH’s School of Convergence Science and Technology (SCST) will officially open with its first major in social data science in February 2021 following its establishment in October 2020. It is POSTECH’s latest undertaking to pursue various solutions to the common challenges facing humanity through convergence research, and to raise creative convergence talents with expertise. The major is set to open with two tracks – POSCO and SK Hynix. We speak with Kun-Hong Lee, the Dean of School of Convergence Science and Technology, to get the details.

 

What is the School of Convergence Science and Technology and what kind of research and education will it provide?

 

The School of Convergence Science and Technology was established to provide and conduct the world’s best convergence education and research based on a wide range of academic knowledge to foster creative convergence talent with practical expertise and to create new industries by securing key technologies based on convergence technology.
We are starting off with the social data science major that combines humanities and sciences. The goal of this major is to raise leaders who can solve social issues through systematic education based on data science. Under this major, POSCO and SK Hynix have opened their tracks and we are discussing opening more tracks with additional companies. We also plan to offer majors with the AI + X concept, which is the research of a field combined with AI such as AI + medicine, AI + finance, and AI + other industries.

 

This is POSTECH’s first attempt at convergence education which combines the liberal arts with the sciences. It must be a significant move for POSTECH.

 

In today’s world, the traditional boundaries of a nation – such as politics, culture, technology, economy, and national security – are disappearing. In particular, humanity now faces major transformations that they have never experienced before, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, AI development, and the imminent space-age.
It is an era where it is impossible to explain one field of study without mentioning other fields, and only a fraction of the whole can be fully understood and not the whole. It is an era that demands convergence. Convergence is simply the creation of a new field that combines and applies each separate field of science, technology, and humanities – and it is also the process of such endeavors.
POSTECH’s founding tenet bids us to contribute to the nation and humanity by conducting in-depth science and engineering research on the profound theories and wide range of applications essential to the advancement of Korea and the world, and training a select pool of talented students to become future global leaders through high-quality education. I think convergence education is the very key to realize POSTECH’s founding tenet to lead the change that mankind will experience today and into the future.

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POSTECH is an institution with expertise in science and engineering – also a latecomer the scene. Isn’t that a disadvantage?

 

For the past 20 to 30 years, higher education has collectively focused on raising experts. This trend has led to a specialized society centered around experts, but it has revealed its limits. These experts are oblivious to fields outside their specialty – They struggle to make comprehensive decisions or judgments. This is why many are jumping on the convergence education wagon. However, there is no set path in convergence.
Getting a head start does not necessarily guarantee getting ahead just as starting late does not lead to falling behind. It means that POSTECH has accumulated ample data to seek new paths and decipher a better direction. We can forego that much trial and error.
POSTECH has meticulously prepared for this expansion through accumulating much knowledge under each major over the years. POSTECH is an open forum where 300 of the greatest experts have gathered. Every expert in the forum will discuss, communicate, share knowledge, and find the creative ways to move towards the right direction. Convergence is the common language that makes this possible. It is about acknowledging one’s expertise and adding a new field to it to create one anew. Isn’t POSTECH already demonstrating this capability by knocking down walls through the Mueunjae School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Convergence Science and Technology?

 

How will the SCST be operated?

 

SCST presents a new paradigm in the field of future leading studies crossing the scholastic and industrial boundaries. For this, the school will take on the role of an incubator for development and activation of convergence education and research programs inside POSTECH. We will fully support these efforts by rearranging organizational structures, developing operating programs, appropriately allocating spaces and funds to stimulate convergence education and research.
For instance, at SCST, professors from different departments are free to gather to make new programs within the school at any time. This is an open approach to eliminate barriers between individual departments. We also plan to operate each program flexibly depending on the success of the programs. In addition, we plan to secure a convergence space at the university-level by rearranging spaces in new or existing buildings.

The World’s Only Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology Reborn as a Global Education and Research Hub

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POSTECH Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, the world’s only graduate school specializing in steel, has expanded and reorganized into the Graduate Institute of Ferrous & Energy materials Technology by adding the discipline of energy materials. Accordingly, the Graduate Institute of Ferrous & Energy materials Technology will conduct convergence education and research in high-tech metal and energy materials.

 

In addition, as the fields of study expand, the school plans to recruit five tenure-track faculty members in the energy materials field (in positive and negative electrodes materials development, next-generation batteries development, and process improvement), while increasing enrollment by 15 (10 master’s and 5 Ph. D.) students. Freshmen majoring in energy materials will be admitted in the first semester of 2021 and the application process will take place in December. It is anticipated that they will become professionals in the secondary battery materials and will enter companies related to the field.

 

The curriculum will also change substantially. In steel-oriented curriculum, it will provide opportunities for convergence study, including secondary battery operation, design of anode materials, and other courses on energy materials.

 

POSTECH’s Graduate Institute of Ferrous Technology, established in 1996, has so far carried out the highest level of education and research in the field of steel and structural materials in Korea as well as in the world under a close industry-academia cooperation system with POSCO. However, in light of the increased significance of research on material components due to the rapid rise of environmental problems and the development of the energy industry, the school decided to incorporate energy materials for sustainable growth.

 

Sung-Joon Kim, the dean of POSTECH Graduate Institute of Ferrous & Energy materials Technology remarked, “Innovation that changes future materials will start from convergence between high-tech materials and the school has adopted the first mover strategy as its future blueprint to create new high-tech material areas through convergence.” He added, “We will lead the industrial ecosystem through convergence research and education between steel, advanced metal materials, and energy materials.”

Application Open: World Culture Awareness Programme

 

World Culture Awareness Programme

 

The World Culture Awareness Programme (WCAP) is organized by Gyeongsangbuk-do Office of Education in cooperation with POSTECH. This program provides POSTECH international members with the opportunity to introduce their home countries’ cultures to Korean students at local elementary, and middle schools. Participants will be paired with Korean translators who will be selected by POSTECH International Relations. Participants and translators will visit local schools together as a team, and introduce Korean students to their home country’s culture, traditions, and history. This program will ultimately enhance students’ understanding and respect the cultures of other countries.

 

  • Compensation
  • Compensation for participants will vary depending on the distance of the assigned school as below.

Name of schools

Compensation

Yonghung Elementary School, Yugang Elementary School, Jigok Elementary School, Jechul Elementary School,

Hyoja Elementary School, Leedong Middle School

KRW 40,000 per participant

(KRW 70,000 for two consecutive classes at same school)

Jangki Elementary School, Onedong Elementary School

KRW 110,000 per participant

for two consecutive classes at same school

  • Mini-presentation Session
  • Final participants will be selected through a mini-presentation session with the staff of International Relations. Applicants will be giving a mini-presentation on their home countries’ culture, and also experience-based activities (e.g. craft, games, dance, etc.). As this is only a mini-presentation, the presentation should be 5 min maximum. Please include your option and available time in the application form for the mini-presentation session from the two options below, and I will notify you of the detailed schedule. The selected final participants will be notified via e-mail.

Option 1

Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2018

Time: 10:00-14:00

Venue: ISSS Office Conference Room

Option 2

Date: Wednesday, April 5th, 2018

Time: 14:00-18:00

Venue: ISSS Office Conference Room

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the information below and submit it at jyryu@postech.ac.kr by 18:00, March 28th (Wed).

 

Name

(First name, Last name)

 

Gender

(Male/Female)

 

Date of Birth

(YY.MM.DD)

 

Nationality

 

Department

 

Status at POSTECH

(undergraduate, graduate, researcher, etc.)

 

Contact Information (e-mail/mobile)

 

– Option for your Mini-Presentation (1 or 2)

– Available time

 

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration

 

International Relations is pleased to invite you to the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration, which will be held on Tuesday, February 13. You are welcome to stop by to meet other international members and enjoy Korean snacks and beverages. To celebrate Lunar New Year, we have prepared special gifts: Bokjumeoni (a Korean traditional pouch that is believed to bring fortune) for children, andYutnori and Jegichagi (Korean traditional folk games) for international members.

*Please be informed that Bokjumeoni, Yutnori, and Jegichagi  will be given on a first-come, first-served basis, so only limited number of attendees will be receiving these gifts.  

 

[Date & Time] February 13, 2018  16:00 – 17:30 
[Venue] ISSS, 1st floor of POSCO International Center

 

*This event is only for POSTECH-registered international students, scholars, and their family.
**For inquiries on this event, please contact Ms. Dabin Jeong, International Relations
(E. dabinjeong@postech.ac.kr, T. 279-3689).

 

For detailed information, please refer to the Invitation to 2018 Lunar New Year Celebration.

 

Thank you.

 

International Student and Scholar Services

International Relations

Application Open: World Culture Awareness Programme

 

World Culture Awareness Programme

 

The World Culture Awareness Programme (WCAP) is organized by Gyeongsangbuk-do Office of Education in cooperation with POSTECH. This program provides POSTECH international members with the opportunity to introduce their home countries’ cultures to Korean students at local elementary, and middle schools. Participants will be paired with Korean translators who will be selected by POSTECH International Relations. Participants and translators will visit local schools together as a team, and introduce Korean students to their home country’s culture, traditions, and history. This program will ultimately enhance students’ understanding and respect the cultures of other countries.

 

  • Compensation
  • Compensation for participants will vary depending on the distance of the assigned school as below.

Name of schools

Compensation

Jecheol Elementary School, Jecheol Jigok Elementary School, Leedong Middle School, Jecheol Middle School

KRW 40,000 per participant

(KRW 70,000 for two consecutive classes at same school)

Munchung Elementary School, Janggi Elementary School, Poeun Middle School

KRW 60,000 per participant

(KRW 100,000 for two consecutive classes at same school)

  • Mini-presentation Session

Final participants will be selected through a mini-presentation session with the staff of International Relations. Applicants will be giving a mini-presentation on their home countries’ culture, and also experience-based activities (e.g. craft, games, dance, etc.). As this is only a mini-presentation, the presentation should be 5 min maximum. Please include your option and available time in the application form for the mini-presentation session from the two options below, and I will notify you of the detailed schedule. The selected final participants will be notified via e-mail.

 

Option 1

Date: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Time: 10:00-14:00

Venue: ISSS Office Conference Room

Option 2

Date: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Time: 14:00-18:00

Venue: ISSS Office Conference Room

 

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the information below and submit it at jyryu@postech.ac.kr by 18:00, September 5th (Tue).

 

Name

(First name, Last name)

 

Sex/Gender

(Male/Female)

 

Nationality

 

Department

 

Status at POSTECH

(undergraduate, graduate, researcher, etc.)

 

Contact Information (e-mail/mobile)

 

– Option for your Mini-Presentation (1 or 2)

– Available time

 

 

2015학년도 가을학기 해외단기유학생(PSEP-Frontier) 선발 안내

 

해외단기유학 Frontier 프로그램(POSTECH Semester Exchange Program-Frontier)은 학부생 여러분께 장학금을 지원하고, 한 학기, 혹은 두 학기 동안 해외 자매대학에서 수학할 수 있는 기회를 드리기 위한 프로그램입니다. 이에 2015학년도 가을 학기 참가자를 아래와 같이 선발 하오니 관심 있는 학생들의 많은 참여를 바랍니다. 이번 2015학년도 가을학기 파견부터는 신설 및 변경된 부분이 있으니, 참여를 희망하시는 학생들은 이 부분을 잘 숙지하고 지원해 주시기 바랍니다.