September 28th, 2015 marks the official relaunch of UNIST, as a government-funded research institute for science and technology under a special law with government funding.
This is the first time in history a national university to make the leap from national university to a government-funded science and technology institute.
The status change of UNIST signifies a new beginning, in essence, rebirth of UNIST. This would not only bring UNIST to range with three other Korea’s S&T Research Institutes, KAIST, GIST, and DGIST, but also a wider international recognition for UNIST researchers.
Established in 2009, UNIST has gained international visibility and recognition in science and established a foothold as a unique educational and research organization. Moreover, UNIST has been globally recognized for its outstanding research contributions to lithium ion secondary batteries, along with world’s best universities, such as MIT and Stanford University.
Besides, according to a recent report by Elsevier’s SciVal, research and teaching at UNIST in its specialist fields of Environmental Sciences, Engineering, and Materials Science are in an excellent position.
Indeed, in just 6 years, UNIST’s bold moves have propelled it to become one of world’s leading science and technology universities. UNIST continues to strive to make an impact with its leading-edge research, promoting international collaboration as a driving force for excellence.
On October 12th, UNIST is reborn under new leadership and values, as the official inauguration ceremony of UNIST’s 3rd President Mooyoung Jung is scheduled to take place on campus. The ceremony will be attended by government officials, including the members of the National Assembly Science, ICT and Future Planning, Mayor Ki-hyung Kim of Ulsan, as well as the Governor Jang-yeol Shin of Ulju-gun.