POSTECH Lends Hands to Sookmyung Univ. for New Engineering School
POSTECH entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) on Tuesday, June 23, endorsing efforts to nurture female talent in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.
As SWU has launched a grand plan to open a new college of engineering scheduled to admit entering students starting next year, POSTECH has agreed to share with SWU its know-how and experience as a STEM-focused research-oriented university that rapidly rose to become a world-class university within less than three decades. The newly formed partnership is aimed at supporting SWU to build a strong foundation for the new engineering college and provide high-quality STEM education for talented young women.
Under the MOU, the universities will collaborate in joint academic and research efforts, exchange of faculty and students, transfer of academic credits, and joint-degree programs. POSTECH and SWU further plan to explore new territories in converged research that brings together each university’s strengths.
“We welcome and support SWU’s initiative to establish a college of engineering for women. We could definitely use more talented women in STEM fields,” commented President Yongmin Kim of POSTECH. President Kim also shared his hope that “this newly formed partnership will serve as the platform for POSTECH and SWU to closely collaborate to build a strong foundation for mutual growth”.
Sun-hye Hwang, president of SWU, emphasized, “We see more participation of women in all aspects of society today, but it is also clear that there still remains a lack of female representation and accordingly a need for more female talent in engineering and technology.” It is President Hwang’s resolution that “SWU will stand at the forefront of women’s advancement.”