C5 and the POSCO Pohang Center for Creative Economy Open at POSTECH
The Creative・Collaborative・Cultivating・Convergence・Center (C5) held its opening ceremony on Friday, January 30th. The building will serve as the region’s new convergence research epicenter that will bring together innovative educational programs and synergistic collaboration with industry to cultivate creative global IT talent.
Strategically located at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), at 7-stories with a size of 16,000 square meters per floor, the construction of C5 came at an investment of 31.5 billion won.
The first three floors of C5 will be filled by the Department of Creative IT Engineering (CiTE) and the POSETCH Future IT Innovation Laboratory (i-Lab). CiTE and i-Lab use interdisciplinary-oriented education and innovative research to train students to become future global IT leaders and perform high-impact creative research focusing on smart computing, smart devices and systems, and IT-based future healthcare.
The POSCO Pohang Center for Creative Economy, which held its inauguration ceremony with President Park Geun-hye in attendance on December 17th of last year, will occupy the 5th floor of C5. The Center, led by POSCO, was established to maintain the competitiveness of the steel industry, promote source technology development, and nurture regionally-based “hidden champions” to vitalize venture businesses.
The remaining three floors will house POSTECH research teams that will work for POSTECH’s strategic promotion of research areas and subjects with huge growing potential such as challenges the nation and mankind face and future market leading core tasks. A modern open-space design allows various research teams to rearrange work areas freely to facilitate and promote dynamic collaboration.
The completion of C5 and the opening of the POSCO Pohang Center for Creative Economy will accelerate a bold new era of research and accelerate POSTECH’s convergence research, education, and technical commercialization. C5 also acts as a research hub that reflects Pohang’s creative economy model through the close union between industry, academia, research, and the local government.
“C5 will play a critical role to foster global leaders with entrepreneurial spirit based on creative and challenging ideas, and create a vital ecosystem for the development of state-of-the-art technology, commercialization, and start-up companies. I wish for C5 to set up a solid base to contribute to POSTECH’s future as well as POSCO, the City of Pohang and its region, and the further development of the nation,” said POSTECH President Yongmin Kim.
Three hundred guests, including Pohang Mayor Kang Deok Lee and Pohang City Assembly President Chil Goo Lee, attended the opening ceremony of C5 and the POSCO Pohang Center for Creative Economy which was held on the building’s first floor.