KAIST-POSTECH Science War, a Place for Communication
KAIST-POSTECH Science War, a Place for Communication
  • Reo Ye-jin
  • 승인 2012.09.26 19:19
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The reason to communicate
The Science War has been opened to encourage interaction between POSTECH and KAIST. KAIST is a public university which was constructed in 1971. It is located in Daejeon and about 3,800 undergraduate students are currently enrolled there. On the other hand, POSTECH is a private university which was built in 1986, much more recently than KAIST. Moreover, it is in Pohang and about 1600 undergraduates attend the school. While KAIST and POSTECH differ in several other aspects, they are similar in terms of two important points: Both are considered as universities which are dedicated to research and education in science and engineering, and located in outside of the Seoul metropolitan area. These similarities are so significant that we need to communicate with each other to develop the science and technology society in Korea and create a competitive spirit within this society. The Science War is the time when we can work with and compete against KAIST.

The exchange in the Science War
Although one or two games have changed more or less, the Science War has roughly consisted of soccer, baseball, and basketball in sports part and Starcraft, AI (Artificial Intelligence), science quiz, and hacking in science and technology field. This year, a multiplayer online video game LOL (League of Legends) was substituted for Starcraft 1. However, its problem came from the limited interaction. People who participated in these games only competed with participants from KAIST. They did not really share skills or ideas, but just competed and drank beer together. Moreover, while the Science War was supposed to encourage interaction between universities, apart from some sports and arts clubs, academic clubs hardly had time to communicate during the Science War.

The recent exchange
Due to the decreased amount of support, the number of clubs which had time to interact with KAIST decreased sharply. This year only student groups Bremen and CTRL-D interacted with similar KAIST clubs. Students in many clubs complained about this limited interaction.

The solution
First, support should not be decreased. It is the most supportable source which helps the two universities to meet new people who have a similar environment and similar hobbies. Furthermore, clubs related to our prime commonalities, science and technology, should have more exchanges with KAIST to share difficulties, find solutions, and develop new projects together. In order to do that, both schools need to make time for students to meet each other. Such continuous interaction will develop Korea’s future in the science and technology market.