POSTECH Helps to Develop MSE at ASTU
POSTECH Helps to Develop MSE at ASTU
  • Reporter Park Tae-yoon
  • 승인 2012.04.11 19:47
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As a contribution for advancing developing coun- tries’ institutions of higher education, POSTECH gave generous aid to help found the Department of Material Science and Engineering in Adama Science and Tech- nology University (ASTU) of Ethiopia. President Yong- min Kim stated, “Global contributions for developing countries will make a deep impression between the two nations. Like this oppor- tunity,  POSTECH members should have the opportunity to contribute to the world.”
POSTECH has the capa- city to administer help in founding the department and building a laboratory by dispatching material engin- eering professors. In addi- tion, they plan to deliver lectures as well as practice-based education. To achieve these goals, POSTECH has established a consortium with Busan National University of Education, and it is financially supported by the government, POSCO, RIST, and Pohang Institute of Metal Industry Advanced (POMIA). The government arranged 1.6 billion KRW over four years and POSCO 400 million KRW.
 Prof. Jong Heo (MSE), the project manager emphasized that, “POSTECH and POSCO possess outstanding technology and infrastructure. If we make a good use of these and make efforts, we can contribute to both the advancement of Ethiopian science and technology, and a better international friendship between Korea and Ethiopia.”
 ASTU is the first university of science and technology in Ethiopia and the second largest university. Last year, Dr. Jang Gyu Lee, a former professor in the department of electrical engineering at Seoul National University, assumed the presidency of ASTU. Even though there are 31 technical colleges in Ethiopia, there has not been any institution that offered an established department of material science engineering. As POSTECH will be passing on the know-how accumulated in becoming a world-class university in a remarkably short period of time, enormous contributions to the national development as well as growth of ASTU are expected.