Hoisting the sail to travel to the sea of integration
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Hoisting the sail to travel to the sea of integration
UST Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) Campus Integrated Ocean Sciences
The Earth is a beautiful blue planet in the solar system. This is because of the oceans that cover 70% of the Earth’s surface. The oceans are the birthplace of countless life forms and have been supporting and maintaining the massive ecosystem of the Earth. For the World Day for Water (March 22) designated by the UN, we visited the port city of Busan, where blue waves dance in the wind, to meet integrated ocean scientists who are filled with passion and curiosity about the ocean, an unknown territory rivaling space.
Beyond shores and into the ocean…establishing a global research environment
Last year, the Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology (KIOST) moved from Ansan in Gyeonggi-do to Innovation City on Yeongdo Island in Busan. The island is currently home to a number of major marine organizations including the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Agency, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute, Korea Marine Pollution Response Corp and Korea Maritime and Ocean University. The buildings there, lined up against the backdrop of the open waters, are reminiscent of a large fleet preparing for a grand voyage. Chief Professor Jang Chan-ju of the Integrated Ocean Sciences department said, “The relocation is acting as a new driver for the UST KIOST campus.”
In addition, the marine research vessel Isabu is Korea’s biggest and the world’s eighth-largest marine research vessel, and it is part of the advanced research infrastructure that the UST KIOST campus can make use of. Isabu is equipped with a variety of advanced equipment and is known as an “advanced research lab on the vast ocean,” and the members of the Integrated Ocean Science department are planning to embark on a scientific expedition on the ocean with the ship starting this semester.
UST Campus, removing the boundaries between theory and field
The ocean is a field where various kinds of integrated research are taking place. Like the vast sea, a massive range of studies including traditional physics, chemistry, mathematics, geography, life science, atmospheric science, engineering and social sciences are converging. The professors in the Integrated Ocean Sciences department focus on improving the students’ expertise as well as raising understanding in various fields.
Graduates of the Integrated Ocean Sciences department are being fostered as experts in marine environment analysis and application technologies. This is a field where changes in future ocean environments are forecasted by developing statistical models that digitize changes in marine climate. Technologies that can contribute to preserving the ocean environment and new industrial development are also areas of great interest.
To this end, Chief Professor Jang Chan-ju leads 30 world-class experts including Professor Jo Hong-yeon, Professor Na Gong-tae and Professor Park Jun-yong, who are guiding students with in-depth lectures and field research. There are 18 MS and PhD students in the Integrated Ocean Science department at the moment, making the professor-student ratio reach beyond common sense. But this allows field work and research to be at a level beyond a private teacher, and the concentrated teaching is also contributing to establishing a campus environment with great focus.
“Integration,” the power of a true ocean science technology country
As a result, young talents from various nationalities and backgrounds come to the UST KIOST campus dreaming of becoming integrated ocean science experts. Yi Gi-seob, a doctoral program student who majored in law as an undergraduate, said, “the biggest draw of Integrated Ocean Science department is the wide range of joint research, which is hard to find in other fields.” He wishes to contribute to scientific marine policy making with the education he receives.
Master’s program student Choi Won-geun developed curiosity about the ocean while in high school after reading books about mysterious marine life forms. As his curiosity was very active and was developed in the early stages of his life, he was already aware of KIOST and UST during his college years, and he is now tracking changes in ocean surfaces as a researcher and student. Another master’s program student, Ryu Eun-gyeong, applied for the program after graduating from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, and working as a mate on a vessel for 2 years. After the Sewol ferry sinking disaster, her determination to work in this field was stronger. She is currently focusing on honing her ocean science knowledge to improve ship safety by utilizing satellite data.
Foreign students Abik and Huad were best friends in Indonesia even before they became part of UST. After graduating from the renowned engineering school of the Bandung Institute of Technology, they both applied to UST. They dream of raising the level of ocean science in their home country, which is surrounded by water, by learning about the advanced knowledge and technology of Korea. The professors and fellow students in UST are rooting for them and continue to offer help and support.
Professor Jang Chan-ju said that “The ocean science of Korea is now at the world’s top level, even in the advanced technological fields of marine robots and drones. The creative and progressive support and fostering of integration talent at UST KIOST will make significant contributions to building Korea as a true power in ocean science.”
The UST KIOST Campus integrated ocean scientists have hoisted sail for integrated research spreading beyond the East Sea, West Sea and South Sea, and throughout the Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean. We pray that their voyage will continue until the day the mother ocean prospers and becomes healthy.