Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
DGIST is an Institute of Science and Technology in Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. The Korean government first founded DGIST as a research institute in 2004 to contribute to regional balanced development and advancement of national science and technology by fostering global leaders of knowledge creation and creating future convergence technologies.
Under its vision to become a world-leading university, DGIST has rapidly grown into one of the nation’s leading universities in the field of science and technology since the opening of graduate and undergraduate programs in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
DGIST focuses its research and education in six areas, such as emerging materials, information and communication engineering, medical robots, green energy, brain science, and new biology.
As of As of June, 2016, the number of DGIST members is 1386 : 137 faculty members, 186 researchers, 152 administrative staff, 378 graduate students (160 master students, 107 Ph.D. students, 111 master-Ph.D. integrated program students), and 533 undergraduate students.
The main divisions of DGIST are undergraduate school (College of Transdisciplinary studies), graduate school, and Convergence Research Institute. The graduate school is consisted of 6 departments: Departments of Emerging Materials Science, Information and Communication Engineering, Robotics Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and New Biology. On the other hand, there is no department in DGIST undergraduate school.
DGIST undergraduate school provides transdisciplinary curriculum within the single unified school system. Therefore, DGIST undergraduate students experience concentrated education in basic science and engineering for Years 1-3 (Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) and track-customized education in the final year.
Other uniqueness of DGIST undergraduate school are 'Teaching Faculty Dedicated to Undergraduate Education: all the professors in the undergraduate school are fully dedicated to undergraduate teaching, life mentoring, and research for the best quality of education' and 'DGIST-developed Electronic Textbooks: students are studying with e-textbooks developed by DGIST faculty members.'
DGIST Convergence Research Institute is consisted of 2 divisions and 9 research centers: Division of IoT and Robotics Convergence Research, Division of Nano and Energy Convergence Research, Convergence Research Center for Solar Energy, Convergence Research Center for Wellness, DGIST-LBNL Research Center for Emerging Materials, Research Center for Resilient Cyber Physical Systems, Convergence Research Center for Microlaser Technology, Convergence Research Center for Future Automotive Technology, DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center, Core Protein Resources Center, and Well Aging Research Center.