Unique relationship with UST for 15 years “Never get tired of saying UST is excellent”
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Unique relationship with UST for 15 years
“Never get tired of saying UST is excellent”
Campus professor representative Sun-mi Choi, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine
The University of Science and Technology (UST) and Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine (KIOM) have a longstanding relationship. UST was inaugurated and held its first admission ceremony in 2004. That year, KIOM moved to a new building in Daejeon. Prof. Sun-mi Choi, the campus professor representative of UST-KIOM campus and vice president of KIOM has special ties with UST as well. Representatives of government-funded research institutions including Prof. Choi of the KIOM were involved in the preparation of the UST launch.
Six of 10 students on the UST-KIOM campus are foreigners
Prof. Choi was responsible for the launch of UST, and later served as the chief major professor and campus professor representative of UST-KIOM campus for 15 years. She has a particular interest in UST as the UST curriculum has greatly benefited KIOM in terms of competitiveness and globalization.
“In international exchange events, I always introduce the curriculum of UST to participants, and not just that of KIOM. They show keen interest because UST allows students to do research at government-funded research institutions and at the same time study in degree courses. They envy our curriculum, which enables both research and education in the traditional medicine sector, which has not established an ecosystem of education, R&D and employment.”
For this reason, the UST-KIOM campus has more foreign students than Koreans. Six of the 10 students in the master’s and doctorate courses came from other countries such as Uganda, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Before they came to UST, they were students of traditional medicine or government employees of related institutions.
Prof. Choi submits applications for her student’s overseas training and says, “The efforts of the entire institution are important.”
The curriculum of UST-KIOM campus has made a significant contribution to educating excellent researchers and increasing the competitiveness of Korean medicine and R&D level. In August 2017, Dr. Seong-ha Kim completed a doctorate degree course and became a researcher at KIOM (currently on maternity leave). Dr. Kim, a graduate of an oriental medicine college, has long monitored and interviewed patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease and developed technology for treatment and earned a doctorate degree as a result of his case study.
“While he studied at UST after majoring in oriental medicine, he came to realize, through on-site research, why basic research related to clinical treatment is essential. As UST aims to produce professional manpower that is indispensable to research sites, students of the KIOM campus including Dr. Kim are best suited for the aim.”
Prof. Choi and UST-KIOM campus professors ensure that students can have access to the research infrastructure and researchers of KIOM. For example, Prof. Choi lent active support to Dr. Kim to have an overseas training opportunity while he was studying in doctorate course. She went as far as to visit UST to submit her recommendation for Dr. Kim.
As she has worked with UST for a long time, she has a clear idea of how to grow the university. “Above all, we must recruit outstanding students. Not just ending with such recruitment, UST should make sure that these talents grow as more capable manpower after studying and doing research at government-funded research institutes. To that end, it goes without saying that researchers in government research institutes who are professors should make utmost efforts,” she said.
She added, “What is most important is the philosophy and implementation of the head of an institution. Fortunately, the president of KIOM is keen on and actively supports UST programs. So, KIOM has continuously asked UST to send more students, but without much success (laughter).”