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BK21 PLUS Project

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BK 21 PLUS is a national human resources development project initiated to produce creative, Master’s and doctoral-level human resources that will lead the Creative Economy of Korea, and to promote creation of new knowledge and technology based on creativity.

  • - Urgent need for development of creative, Master’s and doctoral-level human resources that will lead the Creative Economy of Korea
  • - Need to establish creative university education and research environment by strengthening the role of the university, to become the hub for creating actual results.

Project Stage-by-Stage Goals

Project Stage-by-Stage Goals

Project Vision

Project Vision

Basic Objectives

  • Strengthening the groundwork as a research-oriented university through improvements in graduate education and research quality
    • - Establishment of quality-focused achievement management system and policies that promote research
  • Strengthening of regional graduate schools’ education and research competencies
    • - Increasing regional university support funds and developing collaborative relationship between universities and middle-sized & regional enterprises
    • - Cultivation of field-oriented Master’s and doctoral-level human resources through university-industry collaboration
  • Evaluation of plans and achievements of university-industry collaboration to promote close link between graduate education and research and relevant industries to produce more field-oriented knowledge, technology and Masters’ and doctoral-level human resources
    • - Support for cultivation of advanced, multi-skilled human resources in specialized fields
  • Introduction of new fields such as digital multimedia, cultural content, tourism, and information security to promote advanced human resources who are specialized in fields with high social demand
    • - Strengthening of program management to improve graduate school quality

    The improvement plan for graduate school quality to be released will be used to reform project structure for 2015 and after two years of reform planning and achievement evaluation, a new plan will be implemented in 2016.

  • Complete re-selection of project groups
    • - Practical adjustments of research funds for graduate students and personnel expenses for new researchers
  • Increase in support funds for graduate students and young researchers by taking inflation rate into account so that students can focus better on learning and research without worrying about life expenses
    • - Scale of support: 252.6 billion KRW in 2013 for approximately 500 project groups and teams

Project Groups

Project Type Project Group Name
Project for Developing Future-Base-Creating Human Resources Division of HRD for Next-Generation Leaders in Physics
HRD Center for Creative Convergence Chemical Sciences
Creative Mathematical Science Division
Education Center for Creative Leaders in Integrative Biology
Global Elite Cultivation (GEC) center for Emergent materials
HRD Center for Human-Friendly Convergence System
ICT HRD Institute for New value Creation
Center for Global Creativity in Pharmaceutical Education and Research
21st Century Biomedical Sciences Leader Development Program
Creative Convergence Institute for Chemical Engineers
ICT Convergence Management of Buildings and Infrastructures
HRD team for creative global biomedical engineers
Creative HRD team for food development for life-care
Global Frontiers of Eco-smart Water NEXUS
Research & HRD Team for Smart Factory Design, Operation and Optimization based on Industrial Data Analytics
Pioneering Nano-Based Convergence HRD Center
A Project Group for Transversal Education and Research of History in the Global Age
Constructing Educational and Research Global Integration Lab for Confucian Studies
Center for Conflict Resolution and Social Integration Communicator
Center for Creative Leaders in Frontier Management
Pursuing an Empathic Government: Through Convergent Leadership Development Program
A Research on Educational Reform for Cultivating Law Professional in ICT Global Legal Standards
Cultivating Creative Talents Through Educational Informatics
A research team for social services responding proactively to future social risks
A Training and Research Team for Social Research Experts on Social Integration Infrastructure
Research Group for Training Empathy-Based Leadership
Project for Developing Global Human Resources Interaction Science for Developing Global Human-Informatics leaders focusing on UI/UX
Integrated Energy Center for Fostering Global Creative Researcher
Project for Developing Specialized Human Resources Interdisciplinary Human-Centered Service Design
Creative Technology of Crisis, Disater and Risk Management
Big Data Based CACI(Consumer Analysts for Consumer Insight) Development Group