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The 11th Science & Technology ODA Forum
Name 홈페이지 관리자 Date 2017.09.08 13:53 Views 319

The 11th ODA Forum

The 11th Science and Technology ODA Forum was held on April 14, 2017 at the Seoul National University. Prof. Seok Dockko (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Dankook University & Secretary General of Scientists and Engineers Without Borders) and Prof. Gwy Am Shin (Department of Environmental Engineering, Ajou University) shared their experiences and practical know-how of development cooperation through appropriate technology.

Rendered and supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) of Korea since 2013, Appropriate Technology Centers in developing countries have been implemented by different institutes. Currently, three Appropriate Technology Centers are established in Cambodia (Innovative Water Center, iWc), Laos (Lao-Korea Sustainable Energy and Agriculture Center, SEAC), and Nepal (Nepal-Korea Science and Technology Center, Nepal Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Center, NITEC). In addition, three more centers are selected and expected to be opened in the near future in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Vietnam.

As a principal investigator of implementing agency of the 1st Appropriate Technology Center, the Innovative Water Center in Cambodia which has recently concluded its project, Prof. Seok Dockko introduced a concept of appropriate technology as well as projects for establishment of Appropriate Technology Center and shared his valuable experience in Cambodia including best practices and failures during the 4 years of the project.

Meanwhile, Prof. Gwy Am Shin, a principal investigator of the 4th Appropriate Technology Center recently established in Ethiopia, presented the detailed information and plan of the project. The Center in Ethiopia will deliver an integrated approach to achieve its sustainability by mainly focusing on the development of water, energy, and agricultural system.

Each Appropriate Technology Center is established at local university in order to sustain education and training following completion of a 4-year project. Both experts emphasized the significance of cooperation with the universities and highlighted the importance of sustainable development through capacity building of local experts. STEPI was able to have fruitful discussion with two experts subsequent to the presentations and agreed to actively deepen the cooperation for upcoming events and projects in order to achieve sustainable development.

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