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Korea Establishes Basic Science Institute
Compiled from Press Release by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
In May of 2011, the Korean government announced the home-site for the Basic Science Institute (BSI) as a part of
the International Science Business Belt (ISBB) program. It is the most ambitious plan ever designed to attract
outstanding human resources in basic science. Even with a few decades of economic growth and industrialization,
there are still strong demands for linking basic science and industry. The President of Korea, Mr. Lee Myung-bak,
emphasized this kind of concept during his presidential campaign in 2007.

According to the press releases, the BSI will host 50 research groups or centers, 15 groups at the Headquarters, 10
groups at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, along with two campuses
in Fig. 1. In the Daegu area, 10 groups are allocated to Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology
(DGIST), Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), and Ulsan National Institute of Science and
Technology (UNIST). The Gwangju area will host 5 groups at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology
(GIST). The rest of them will be allocated to domestic and foreign institutes that meet the criterion of excellence as
shown in Fig. 2. Each center will have about 55 members including supporting staff.

The mission of BSI is briefly shown in Fig. 3, and the operational principles are excellence, openness, autonomy,
and creativity. The timeline for establishing the BSI is shown in Fig. 4, and a search for the President of BSI is under
way. A flagship facility at the BSI is decided as a heavy-ion accelerator for rare isotopes, called the Korea Rare
Isotope Accelerator (KoRIA). It is to be constructed in 6 years at the Headquarters in Daejeon as a world-class
research facility. The ISBB program will establish attractive science towns and high-tech industrial complexes for
global education, research, and enterprises.

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