IGC JOURNAL 2021 Spring 



COLUMN


Incheon Global Campus to Lead the Incheon-Style

New Deal through Industry-Academia Cooperation

 

PARK Nam-choon

Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City

Chairman of the Board at Incheon Global Campus Foundation




These days, Incheon Global Campus(IGC) located in Songdo International City of Incheon Free Economic Zone(IFEZ) is attracting a lot of attention home and abroad. 


IGC is at an intersection of IFEZ's orientation toward a global education hub and Incheon Metropolitan City's orientation toward the world. In addition, South Korea has succeeded in the containment of COVID-19 pandemic spreading throughout the world thanks to its thorough prevention and control measures. As a consequence, IGC is emerging as a new "alternative for overseas study." Reflecting these developments, IGC has exceeded a student recruitment rate of 80% for the Spring Semester of this year. South Korea's first joint campus of prestigious universities from around the world, IGC has five schools on the campus, where total 3,424 students including 285 international students from 43 nations are devoting themselves to learning. Making growth and development year after year, IGC not only improves the nation's income and expenditure ratio in overseas study by approximately 150 billion won, but also makes huge contributions to the vitalization of local economy.


As one of core supportive agencies in "Incheon-style New Deal," which is pushed forward by Incheon municipal government to take the lead in South Korean-style New Deal in recent years, IGC is also putting all of its energy to the activation of industry-academic collaboration and expected to grow in its value further in the future. Since the revised "Act on Industrial Education Enhancement and Industry-Academia-Research Cooperation" came into effect last year, the tenant universities of IGC have accelerated their collaborations with industries. The State University of New York, Korea was the first of the tenant universities to launch an industry-academic collaboration team, promoting its characterization in core growth drivers of future industries including artificial intelligence(AI), Big Data, and ICT. One of Europe's prestigious schools, Ghent University Global Campus is producing Makgeoli prototypes in conjunction with a local company called Incheon Takju and seaweed baked goods with Incheon Jaeneung University based on the expandability of seaweed utilization technology. George Mason University Korea is working on cooperative relations and research outcomes between the South Korean and American governments with a focus on Peace And Conflict Studies Center Asia and Center for Security Policy Studies Korea. The University of Utah Asia Campus is pushing ahead its collaboration with South Korean agencies and research centers based on its launch of Center for Medical Innovation(CMI) to develop and commercialize a bio business model and help biotech start-ups enter the American market smoothly. Incheon Metropolitan City and IGC plan to continue these efforts with greater scalability. 


IGC is implementing a strategy step by step that uses the high-tech industries of the future developing around Songdo as a basis to lead the changes and innovations of the industrial ecosystem around Incheon through the new bases of Jemulpo and Gyeyang. IGC Foundation is also active to make a business agreement with Yeonsu-gu, Namdong-gu, Seo-gu and Gyeyang-gu to support the tenant universities in their efforts for industry-academic collaboration. IGC also plays important roles in the "AI Triple Park," which connects the newly launched Incheon Start-up Park, IGC, and Songdo Industry and Technology Park. Serving as a specialized talent training institution across digital, bio, and environmental sectors through mutual cooperation, IGC will build a solid foundation to move the Incheon-style New Deal policy forward. 


As a world-class global education hub and cradle of outstanding talents to lead a new future, IGC has just started its dreams. All eyes will be on the energy of Incheon and IGC that will be active around the world as well as South Korea.

PARK Nam-choon

Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City

Chairman of the Board at Incheon Global Campus Foundation