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Why Science and Technology Policy?
Progress in science and technology has been an important source of changing human society. To a large extent, the apparatus of national security, higher standards of public health, and the creation of new jobs are all predicated on the nation’s R&D capacity, and the formation of the government-university-industry nexus is now a general phenomenon in both developing and developed countries. Public policy for science and technology has become the central concern for many governments. At the same time the expert knowledge in science and technology has been indispensible in dealing with policy issues, such as environment, health care, and business regulation. A comprehensive understanding of social, political, and economic factors that affect—and are affected by—science and technology is vital in designing an efficient public policy.
Why at KAIST?
Since its establishment in 1971, KAIST has nurtured exceptional scientists and engineers of Korea. Now proudly equipped with world-class scientists and engineers and a faculty body enthusiastic in STP, KAIST is undoubtedly poised to become a leader in venturing new grounds and expanding horizons in the field of science and technology policy. In addition, the prospects of the STP program are more than bright in light of its plans to move to KAIST’s new campus in Sejong City in the near future.
- 01 Experts
- 02 Leadership
- 03 Study
The STP school has a dual mission:
- 1. to provide leadership in the academic study of science and technology policy;
- 2. to nurture a corps of STP experts to work for the governments, NGOs, corporate organizations, and journalism.
- 3. to provide field experts of science and technology policy with a systematized academic foundation, hence introduce new methodologies and perspectives for analysis.
High-quality scholarly research is emphasized, but the STP program also places great importance in developing prescriptions as well as diagnoses that will contribute to policy reform. STP is indeed a unique interdisciplinary enterprise for translating academic knowledge into practical uses and vice versa.