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The University of Strathclyde was selected as the exclusive European partner university for South Korea’s global research and commercialisation programme.

Artist impression of the Technology Innovation Centre at Strathclyde University

In 2012, the University of Strathclyde was selected as the exclusive European university 'knowledge partner' for South Korea's Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) Global Industry-Academia Cooperation Programme (GIACP). 

The Korea Institute for Technology Advancement (KIAT), who administer GIACP on behalf of the MKE, issued a 'call for proposals' in 2011, which resulted in the University being selected in a highly-competitive process from a shortlist of six higher education institutions across Europe. 

We facilitated and endorsed the University's application which gained additional backing from UK Science and Innovation in Seoul. 

The GIACP was designed to foster joint research and commercialisation activities between Korean SMEs and the international 'knowledge partner'. The programme enabled Strathclyde academics to work with technology companies from South Korea.

Strathclyde academics provided leading-edge research and created business opportunities in areas such as life sciences, advanced manufacturing and materials.

When the partnership was announced, Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University welcomed the programme. He said:

"This partnership is fantastic news from Strathclyde and to be chosen ahead of many other top European institutions is an indication of our growing reputation as a leading international technological university.

"Working with industry, sharing knowledge and engaging with the wider international community are defining characteristics of the University of Strathclyde. This agreement provides a platform to ensure our leading research is put into good use throughout the world"

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