UNIST Announces Expansion of Research Space

The completion ceremony of the 2nd phase of construction at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea, takes place on October 18, 2016. With these new additions, UNIST prepares to take off as a world-leading research-focused institution.

UNIST today opened the doors of its new buildings to local government officials during a ceremony to celebrate completion of the second phase of construction.

The event, which included a tour of the facility, recognized the $200 billion in support through the private investment as part of efforts to boost long-term research capacity to carry out high-quality educational research. The second phase in the construction of new buildings is a part of an expansion plan for solving research space deficiency.

The newly available research space includes seven new research buildings and five other supplementary facilities with a gross floor area of approximately 108,988 square meters. With these new additions, UNIST now offers more classrooms, conference rooms, and administrative offices to its students and faculties. This also includes a new community center, daycare, as well as apartment buildings for faculty and staffs.

In addition to new housing and additional facilities, the new research space offers flipped classrooms, as well as student-centered learning spaces, called Learning Commons. In a student-centered learning space, students choose what they will learn, how they will learn, and how they will assess their own learning.

Learning Commons uses cloud-based computing system, which allows 100 individual learner to use the system all at the same time. These exciting new additions, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, will serve as the hub for multidisciplinary research and education at UNIST.

The ceremony was attended by several governmental officials, including Vice Minister Nam-Ki Hong of Ministry of Science, Ict, and Future Planning, Chairman Hyun-Soon Lee of the UNIST Board of Directors, Ghil-boo Kang of National Assembly, as well as students, faculty members, and distinguished guests of the university. Vice Mayor of Ulsan City, Un-Wook Heo was also on-hand to speak about how the building will benefit Ulsan.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Mooyoung Jung of UNIST notes, “The successful completion of the second BTL construction is a key part of delivering our priority of conducting cutting-edge research at UNIST.” He adds, “UNIST is committed to continually improving its research environment.”