UNIST has been singled out as exemplary, receiving Grade 1, in the ‘2021 Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment,’ conducted by the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC) of Korea. This makes UNIST the only national and public university in Korea that was classed as an exemplary organization.
On 18 January, the ACRC announced the results of the 2021 Anti-Corruption Initiative Assessment (AIA) for public institutions. The outcome of the evaluation categorizes those organizations into five grades (Grade 1 to 5), and those graded two or higher are classed as exemplary organizations. The 2021 evaluation assessed 273 public institutions, such as central administrative agencies, local governments, education offices, and public-service-related organizations.
The overall objectives of the assessment were to strengthen transparency and fairness in public organizations, as well as to encourage them to exert voluntary efforts against corruption. The following seven tasks were subject to evaluation this year, such as developing anti-corruption implementation plans, expanding engagement in integrity initiatives, building an anti-corruption system, efforts to eliminate corruption risks, operating an anti-corruption system, outcomes of anti-corruption initiatives, and efforts to spread anti-corruption initiatives. In this year’s evaluation, UNIST received a good assessment in the four tasks in total, thereby getting Grade 1.
Besides, UNIST also received a good assessment in the 2020 Integrity Assessment for National Universities in Korea, moving two notches up to the No. 3 position.