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Title STEPI-UNESCAP Joint Training Workshop on STI Policy Development
Date 2019-04-17 Hit 1625  


Science & Technology Policy Institute or STEPI, led by Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, provided 'STI Policy Development Training Workshop' jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific or UNESCAP East and North-East Asia (led by Ganbold Baasanjav) from Tuesday on 19 March to Friday on 22 March (Friday) at Songdo, Incheon, Korea.


The event, which was titled 'Training Workshop on STI Policies for Sustainable Development in the Fourth Industrial Revolution' was attended by government officials and experts from 10 Asia-Pacific countries.


It was held as part of an effort to promote the execution of 'the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', in which STI policy is considered one of the core means of sustainable development. Many experts home and abroad participated in the event to share their knowledge in STI policy, technology, related regulations, and actual cases of advanced countries. Other participants also had opportunities to introduce their own experience and capabilities.


On the first day, Tuesday on 19 March, the event was officially commenced with the opening speech by Mr. Ganbold Baasanjav, the head of UNESCAP ENEA Office and the congratulatory speech by Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, the president of STEPI. And Dr. Young-rak Choi, former president of STEPI, Professor Jun-seok Hwang at Seoul National University, Ms. Marta Pérez Cusó, Economic Affairs Officer at UNESCAP Bangkok Office, Professor Sabrina Luk at Nanyang Technological University and Mr. Joshua Chambers (founder of Govlnsider) delivered presentations about STI policy and SDGs, policy design and assessment, frontier technology and public service innovation.


The speakers presented the history of Korea's STI growth, key STI policy tools, and policy monitoring/assessment methods while introducing frontier technology-related policies of many other countries. Also, after the session, the participants discussed about processes to realize innovation as well as ideas to innovate service and governance. Among a variety of presentations, the one on the history of Korea's STI growth and its examples was especially well-received by the audience, which was followed by a series of questions and active debates.


On the second day, Wednesday on 20 March, Professor Satoru Otake at the Policy Alternatives Research Institute of the University of Tokyo, Professor Xudong Gao at Tsinghua University Research Center for Technological Innovation, Professor Xielin Liu at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Professor Jin Chen at the Department of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Strategy in Tsinghua University, Dr. Eun-jeong Kim at the Korea Legislation Research Institute and Dr. Jae-yoon Ho, a research associate at the University of Cambridge gave their speeches under the themes of government's role for STI, STI-related laws and regulations, and the current status and examples of STI policies. The session offered an opportunity to share China's technological innovation cases and exchange opinions on STI regulations in the fourth industrial revolution era and other core-technology-related issues.


On the following day, Thursday on 21 March, Mr. Jian Xi Teng, Programme Officer of UNESCO Bangkok Programme Officer, Professor Seon-yang Jung at the Department of Technology Management in Konkuk University and Professor Masaru Yarim at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology provided their presentations on human resources and public-private cooperation to share human resource development measures for the fourth industrial revolution era and discuss on the innovation for substantiality.


On the last day, Friday on 22 March, every participant paid a visit to K-city, Korea's self-driving test bed, and companies located in Pangyo Techno Valley as part of field work at Korea's major science and technology research sites. Dr. Hwang-hee Cho, the President of STEPI announced that “with this year's workshop, jointly held for the first time since the MOU was signed with UNESCAP in February 2018, STEPI plans to continuously expand its cooperation in the area of STI with UNESCAP in line with the fourth industrial revolution in the coming years.”