Our host partner

Greetings from KAIST

We are privileged to host the 2019 Times Higher Education  Innovation & Impact Summit at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Daejeon, where innovation happens daily.

This summit will serve as a global platform for developing a shared vision of higher education in the pursuit of educational excellence and innovation. Leaders from higher education, industry and government will explore the new roles and responsibilities for universities that the new landscape of the Fourth Industrial Revolution generates.

Innovation is our institutional DNA. The Korean government founded KAIST in 1971 during Korea’s budding industrial stage to educate elite scientists and engineers committed to economic growth in Korea. Since then, KAIST has been the trailblazer of innovation, advanced science and technology, and entrepreneurship. It is now one of the most innovative universities in the world.

We are currently on an upward path to becoming a university that will contribute to the happiness and prosperity of humankind beyond Korea with unwavering innovation. We will continue to strive to create new technological, economic and social value under Vision 2031, a blueprint for becoming a “global value-creative world-leading university”. This long-term, innovative, strategic plan – well equipped with our core values of creativity, challenge and caring – will enable our unimpeded academic progress towards cutting-edge research that will better serve the world.

The summit at KAIST will provide a creative environment for innovation and collaboration between distinguished participants. Sharing visions and experiences will inspire all in their innovation initiatives.

I look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful spring campus of KAIST in 2019.

Sung-Chul Shin

President, KAIST


The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is the first and top science and technology university in South Korea. KAIST opened in 1971 with a special legislative mandate from the Korean government. The government mandated two founding missions to KAIST: to educate scientists and engineers who would work for the nation’s industrialisation; and to make innovations conducting basic and applied research, which would drive the nation’s economic growth.

Since then, KAIST has been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our 62,000 graduates, including 12,400 PhDs, have been key players behind Korea’s innovations, especially informatisation.

In less than half a century, KAIST has emerged as the most innovative university in the Asia-Pacific region with 12,000 students enrolled in five colleges and six schools, including 1,000 international students from 92 countries. KAIST’s main campus is located in Daejeon, where Korea’s major R&D centres are clustered. Its College of Business is in Seoul.

KAIST fosters talents best fit for the new industrial era – people who are creative, collaborative and caring for others while creating new value. To this end, KAIST is introducing innovations in education, research and technology commercialisation. We are revising our educational curricula and teaching methodologies to provide transdisciplinary studies, create a convergence research environment, and boost entrepreneurship and start-up education.

KAIST has also been taking the lead in implementing many innovative academic systems for realising academic excellence. Unlike other domestic universities, KAIST is overseen by the Ministry of Science and ICT and has more leeway to implement innovative systems, such as our holistic admission system and English lectures across classes, for the first time in Korea.

KAIST now has the opportunity to think boldly about what it can achieve over the next half century and beyond. Under Vision 2031, KAIST continues to strive to make the world better through the pursuit of excellence in education, research, entrepreneurship and globalisation.

Learn more about KAIST.