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The 3rd International Conference on STI and Development
STEPI and World Bank Group Korea Office hosted the 3rd International Conference on STI & Development under the theme of ‘Cluster, Industrialization and Regional Development’ from September 6 to September 7, 2017.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Conference invited eight entities* as partner organizations and let them run each session under the different subjects.

* eight entities : Seoul National University IT Policy Program, Korea University MOT, Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology, UN ESCAP, International Association of Area Studies, Korea Productivity Association, Academic Society for Appropriate Technology, Korea Academic Society for Industrial Clusters

As an extension of previous conferences, the 2017 conference has discussed about how to promote and mange Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at a regional and national level. The first conference in 2015 has focused on the role of STI in national development. After realizing its importance in development, the Conference addressed challenges and ways in building STI capacity. In this regard, the 2017 Conference set a theme of ‘Cluster, Industrialization and Regional Development’ to openly discuss experiences on STI development based on cluster in different countries.

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During his opening remarks, Dr. Jungwon Lee, the Vice President of STEPI, emphasized that the conference has served as a platform for policy makers, researchers, and experts in the field of STI and international development. Mr. Darren Dorkin, Acting Special Representative of the World Bank Group Korea Office also added “Increasing evidence around the world points to the cluster’s contribution to technological innovation and comparativeness of their enterprises, particularly the small and medium firms.”

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On the first session, the conference especially highlighted examples of four countries, Korea, Ethiopia, Ukraine and Indonesia on how each country is establishing different clusters and how the country manages them. Mr. Mekuria Haile Teklemariam, Former Minister of Urban Development, Housing & Construction of Ethiopia, addressed the importance of cooperation between industrial parks and relevant regulations through his keynote speech. Ethiopia will invest 10 million dollars in industrial parks over the next decade and enhance the collaboration between industrial parks by connecting rail network.

Dr. Deok Soon Yim, Chief Director of IICC of STEPI, emphasized the fact that Korea has achieved substantial industrialization and economic development based on various types of clusters. Throughout his presentation, he explained how Korea’s clusters have evolved during the last half century and drew a few implications based on Korean example of success and failure.

Dr. Mykhailo Zgurovsky, rector of National Technical University of Ukraine, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, talked about Ukrainian case of ‘Innovation as a Platform for Inter-University Cooperation’. He particularly introduced ‘Sikorsky Challenge’, an innovation ecosystem, which is composed of Startup School, Business incubator, and Festival of innovative projects. With a purpose of creating start-ups based on technological ideas, Sikorsky Challenge helps students to develop their ideas into a concrete business model by supporting each step.

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Dr. Iwan Iwut Tritoasmoro from Telkom University presented his experience with the Bandung Technopark. The Bandung Technopark is a well-known ICT technopark in Indonesia which consists of University, Association, Startup Corporation and Enterprises. He explained that Bandung Technopark as a whole trains students, incubates newly developed start-ups, gives technology supports to SMEs and start-ups, as well as consults them on business related problems. However, he also mentioned that even though Bandung Technopark became the leader in Indonesia clusters, still there are challenges to be addressed and solved.

Taking this opportunity, STEPI will develop international cooperation projects on Clusters such as technopark and industrial parks and hope to strengthen its partnership with international partners.
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