On April 16, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) has announced that UNIST has been added to the 2020 list of AI Graduate Schools for intensive support under the government’s initiative to widen the domestic talent pool in the area of AI.
AI Graduate School is a graduate program, jointly created by the government and each university with the purpose of nurturing highly-qualified professionals in the field of AI. Universities that have been chosen are entitled to receive up to 19 billion won, as support grants over the next ten years.
UNIST has recently included AI research as its new focus area, and thus has been actively pushing this project forward to boost the cultivation of talented human resources in AI. Besides, Ulsan city has also promised financial assistance of around 2.7 billion won by 2024 for AI-centered innovation.
Based on the establishment of the AI Graduate School, UNIST plans to provide world-class AI research and education and solve key problems that will contribute to the local industry and the national economy. Under the vision of becoming a “Global AI graduate school that contributes to the nation and the southeastern region of Korea”, UNIST AI Graduate School has set the goal of producing the world-class AI research achievements, and thus churning out companies worth $1 billion.
UNIST AI Graduate School, which will begin recruiting new students from the fall semester of 2020, will provide an AI-specialized curriculum for the master’s and doctoral degree programs in the fields of general theory of AI (AI Core), R&D and utilization of AI (AI System), and AI-based convergence (AI+X).