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A Korean in Riyadh

Korea’s Top Innovator Introduces Korean Know-How to the Middle East
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Mr. Kang Gye-doo, President and CEO of Daedeok Innopolis—Korea’s foremost research cluster—visited Saudi Arabia to discuss closer collaboration between Korea and Saudi Arabia. Kang took advantage of this visit to deliver an inspiring keynote address at the first annual “International Conference on Entrepreneurship” (25-26 October, 2009) held in Riyahd. Kang stressed the importance of institutional innovation, something that he is famous for. He shared his experiences in the internationalization of Daedeok Innopolis over the last year, stressing the importance of entrepreneurs and the universal validity of the Korean developmental model.

The conference was held at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia’s premiere research institution.

CEO Kang and his delegation also visited the Riyadh Technology Incubation Center (RTIC) booth at the entrepreneurship exhibition to brief the RTIC team about the upcoming International Association of Science Parks (IASP) Conference scheduled for May, 2010, in Daedeok Innopolis. That conference is dedicated to “global green growth,” a new paradigm for growth established on environmental principles that Mr. Kang is promoting. Mr. Kang serves as Chairman for IASP 2010 Daedeok and has been central in promoting a new level of cooperation on environmental issues between science parks. He invited King Saud University to participate in the upcoming conference that will take place from May 23 to 26, 2010 and received an enthusiastic response.

The Korean delegation also met with Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz and Prince Magrin bin Abdulaziz, as well as Higher Education Minister Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Angari, President of King Saud University, Dr. Abdullah Othman and other royal highnesses and ministers.

CEO Kang took time to discuss future cooperation with Prof. Dr. Ali Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Vice Rector for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research at King Saud University.  Also present at this meeting were Dr. Fars Alanazi, Assistant to Vice Rector and Dr. Mezyad Alterkawi, the CEO of Riyadh Technology Incubation Center.  The focus of the meeting was strategies to strengthen cooperation between King Saud University and Daedeok Innopolis. A proposal for closer institutional collaboration, including a representative office for King Saud University in Daedeok Innopolis, was included in the discussion.

Mr. Junseok Seo of Daedeok Innopolis, who currently serves as Director of IASP Conference, visited Riyadh Techno Valley (RTV) to make a detailed presentation concerning recent developments at Daedeok Innopolis. Views were exchanged about better management of science parks.

Although there is much talk of Korean cooperation with the Gulf States, the visit of CEO Kang was unusual in the degree of frankness and seriousness of intent expressed by both Koreans and Saudis. Professor Alterkawi of King Saud University is working closely with Daedeok Innopolis on its internationalization and the IASP conference planning.

Daedeok Innopolis, started 1973 as Daedeok Science Town, is the oldest and largest science park in South Korea.  Today, Daedeok Innopolis consists of 32 national research institutes, 5 universities and over 900 companies (including 410 corporate research centers) in advance fields of Information Technology, Bio Technology, Nano Technology, Robotics and other advanced technology fields.  Daedeok is a world class innovation cluster where creativity flourishes.

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