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South Korea to reach new science heights by 2010

South Korea will strive to become a global leader in science and technology by 2010, says the South Korean Ministry of Science and Technology. The country's overall goal is to rise to the world's seventh power in science and technology by 2025.

According to the ministry, the country is well on its way to reaching these new heights and will already make it to 10th position in scientific competitiveness and fifth place in technological capability by the end of 2007. To make these goals a reality, the country's research and development (R&D) budget has grown by an average of 9.7% annually in the last six years to reach nearly 3% of GDP in 2006. Investment is expected to grow in the double-digit range every year for the next 15 years, with the private sector contributing to a huge 75% of investment.

The reasons for South Korea's success can be explained by a mass of highly educated people, a networked society and a ubiquitous innovation system, according to a recently published report by Demos, a UK think tank. According to the study, South Korea has made a dramatic transformation from 'hermit kingdom' to global technology power, and today has the most extensive ubiquitous information infrastructure in the world. Both government and businesses are investing heavily in R&D, with some Korean companies outspending European peers and harbouring ambitious plans for the future.

'Among the top projects that will be pursued this year will be the use of over 1 trillion won [€820 million] to bolster the country's biotech and nanotech capabilities,' said Vice Science Minister Park Young-il. In fact, in the biotechnology field, the country will focus on human brain research and efforts to slow down the natural ageing process. As for the nanotechnology sector, Korean scientists will support efforts to advance nano-mechatronics and the development of tera-level nano materials.



Other areas of focus will be the build up of the country's atomic energy infrastructure. Mr Park said the country will sustain its work on the experimental Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) nuclear fusion reactor and expand its participation in the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Aerospace is another field in which the country is set to compete on a global scale, with six satellites being assembled in labs this year and the expected launch of South Korea's very own satellite using an indigenous rocket in late 2008. It seems that the Hallyu, or 'Korean wave', is set to make its presence felt on the global stage.

Quelle: CORDIS

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