Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) is a science and technology institute working to bring better quality of life to all people by preparing for the future.
KIST was founded as the first S&T research institute of Korea in 1966 and since then, it has continually played a leading role in national development. Many government-funded research institutes have been modeled after KIST and as such, KIST has set the standards to become the national think tank of science and technology.
In two years, the year 2016, KIST will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As we come to close the first 50 years, we are putting all our efforts to launch the next 50 years by meeting global challenges such as aging society and energy-food-resources shortages head on while preparing for the new future with convergence research and open cooperation.
In addition, KIST is concentrating its research capability to making sure our research outcomes will translate into greater competitiveness for Korean businesses. We believe that science and technology will become the foundation in firmly establishing a creative economy. Given that KIST was born out of international development aids, we believe it is timely to return the favor by disseminating the KIST model, a science-based official development assistance (ODA), thereby contributing to the betterment of the global community while enhancing Korea’s status in the world.
As KIST is preparing to tackle the next 50 years, all members at KIST promise to journey into the new 50 years with even more enthusiasm and hard work to open up the new future for the people and society.
To reinvigorate the development of advanced science and technology, the government established the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in 1966 and 1967, respectively. Based on the belief that the country’s future lies in the cultivation of human resources and the promotion of science and technology, the government launched the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) on February 29, 2008.