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KAIST

KAIST is the first and top science and technology university in Korea. KAIST has been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, and our graduates have been key players behind Korea’ innovations. KAIST will continue to pursue advances in science and technology as well as the economic development of Korea and beyond.

Mission and Vision

KAIST educates, researches, and takes the lead in innovations to serve the happiness and prosperity of humanity. KAIST fosters talents who exhibit creativity, embrace challenges, and possess caring minds in creating knowledge and translating it into transformative innovation.

Vision 2031: Global Value-Creative Leading University

Vision 2031 is KAIST’s strategic development plan that was prepared for the 60th anniversary of KAIST. Vision 2031 reaffirms KAIST’s founding mission as a Korea’s first and top science and technology university to transform into an entrepreneurial university whose knowledge creates global value to benefit all of humanity.

More about KAIST

  • Opened in 1971 Located in Deajeon
  • Comprised of 5 Colleges 7 Schools 13 Graduate Schools 27 Departments
  • Alumni 64,739 BS 18,189 MS 33,230 Ph.D. 13,320
  • Students 10,504 BS 3,766 MS 2,872 Ph.D. 2,644 Joint MS/Ph.D. 1,222
  • Faculty and Staff 1,342 Faculty 639 Staff 703
  • International Population Faculty 53 Students 1,039

About the City of Daejeon

KAIST’s main campus is located in Daejeon, 160 km south of Seoul, the capital city of Korea where its College of Business is located. Daejeon, with a population of approximately 1.5 million, serves as a hub of science and innovation. More than 200 research institutes, including the R&D facilities from the public and private sectors are located in Daedeok Science Town in Daejeon, which is referred to as Daedeok Innopolis. For more on Daejeon, www.daejeon.go.kr

Organization

Leadership

President Sung-Chul Shin,
KAIST’s 16th President February 2017 ~ Present

Senior Leadership Team
Board of Trustees
University Administration

Founding Philosophy

“All developing countries find the driving force for economic development in science and technology”

(Dr. Chung Kun-Mo, A Report on the Establishment of KAIST )

“By the year 2000, KAIST will be a great institute of technology that will have become the model for a number of similar institutions in other lands.”

(Last chapter “Looking Ahead” of the Terman Report)

History

Emblems/Symbols

KAIST image map
KAIST Seals Main Gate School Flag Neobjuggi Duck Pond and Geese Geese Crossing Carillon of Great Scholars Newton’s Apple Tree Statue of Jang Young-Sil Academic Cultural Complex Dormitories School Song Mazinger Tower Lyu Keun Chul Sports Complex ChungMoonSoul Building 13m S/X-Band Transceiver Antenna

KAIST Seals

KAIST stands for the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Professor Gyeong-Won Jung at the Department of Industrial Design designed the word mark logo of KAIST in 1993. The emblem evokes the images of expansion, infiniteness, and the universe, which represents the opening to a new world.

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Main Gate

The 10.7m-tall granite structure looks more like a sculpture rather than a gate. There are two rectangular towers symbolizing “science” and “technology” face each other.

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School Flag

The first president and physicist Dr. Sang-Soo Lee designate purple as the color of KAIST as it is known to carry the highest quantum energy and it symbolizes progress, creation, and pride.

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Neobjuggi

A KAIST character describing quirky and funny KAISTians was created in 2014 and is widely beloved by the KAIST community.

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Duck Pond and Geese

Flocks of ducks and geese welcome visitors to the duck pond, named after its resemblance to the shape of a duck. The pond became the habitat of ducks and geese from 2000 when Professor Kwang-Hyung Lee brought them to the campus.

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Geese Crossing

Families of geese and ducks have the right of way on the KAIST campus. All vehicles must make a full stop when they cross the road. This has become one of the most recognizable events on the KAIST campus.

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Carillon of Great Scholars

In honor of the university’s 20th anniversary, KAIST alumni made a gift of the Carillon of Great Scholars. The red, green, and blue pillars symbolize science and technology, which will serve as a beacon of hope for humanity.

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Newton’s Apple Tree

Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree, which inspired him to formulate the law of gravity in Kensington UK, was grafted at the KAIST’s campus in 2006 and bears fruit every year.

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Statue of Jang Young-Sil

Jang Young-Sil (1390~?) is a scientist, inventor, and engineer from the 15th century during the Choson Dynasty. He became the highest-ranked scientist and engineer working at the royal court, making many inventions such as a rain gauge, water gauge, sundial, and Korea’s first water clock called Jagyokru. A time capsule commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Daedok Research Complex was buried just beside the statue and will be opened in 2073, the centennial year of when the first freshmen of KAIST were admitted.

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Academic Cultural Complex

The main library reopened in 2018 as the Academic Cultural Complex. The main library contains the bulk of KAIST’s collections, which support research, teaching, and learning. The Academic Cultural Complex also provides collaborative working spaces, an idea factory, a multimedia complex, an auditorium, and a sky lounge where various academic and cultural events take place.

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Dormitories

A total of 21 on-campus students’ residences accommodate more than 7,600 students.

Dormitories
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School Song

Renowned poet Mok-Wol Park and composer Tae-Joon Park made the school song when KAIST was established in 1971. In 1991, the song was re-made after a call for new school song lyrics. The winning entry was refined by poet Han-Ho Do and re-composed by Professor Du-Young Jung at the Korea Baptist Theological University and Seminary.

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Mazinger Tower

A water tower facility was built in the 1980s on the top of Eoeun Hill. The tower looked bizarre enough to trigger immense curiosity about the real purpose of the tower. A rumor started that KAIST was secretly manufacturing the robot ‘Mazinger,’ a famous TV cartoon character that was a big hit at that time. Since then, the water tower has been called ‘Mazinger Tower.’

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Lyu Keun Chul Sports Complex

The late Dr. Lyu Keun Chul made a gift to build the Sports Complex in the hope of improving the KAIST community’s wellness and health. The 3000-person indoor stadium also serves as the place for hosting various events and ceremonies such as commencement.

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ChungMoonSoul Building

The ChungMoonSoul Building houses the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering that promotes the convergence of IT and BT. The building was donated by the former chairman of Mirae Development Co., LTD Chung Moon Soul. He made a gift of 30 billion KRW for this building.

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13m S/X-Band Transreceiver Antenna

KAIST SaTRec, which launched the nation’s first satellite KITSAT-1, built the 13-meter-wide antenna for communicating with the satellite in 1997. Four antennas are transreceiving the information of the satellites in orbit around the clock.

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Campus Information

Click the links below for directions to our campus, information on campus tours, and a map of the campus.

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