Ecosystem & Interview

Potential Value of a Sound Ecosystem for Industry, Academia, and Research Cooperation

The Planning and Coordination Headquarters of the IFEZ is responsible for planning, implementing, supporting, and adjusting the IFEZ’s major works. Here is an interview with Park Jongsik, director of the Planning and Coordination Headquarters, as he shares his thoughts on where we should project the future of industry, academia, and research cooperation in the structure of Korean industries, along with the strategies he is currently considering.

Park Jongsik, IFEZ Director of Planning and Coordination Headquarters

Importance of this Era’s Ecosystem for Industry, Academia, and Research Cooperation
With the rapid advancement of technology, the structure of industry is forever changing. There are restrictions to information, time, etc., for any company or university hoping to implement its R&D projects independently. It is, therefore, required that companies and universities forge bonds for sustainable cooperation. In our current era, only companies rooted within a sound ecosystem with wellestablished open innovation can provide quality products and services. First and foremost, an environment should be set for all involved parties to meet and communicate on a frequent basis.

Definition of Innovation and Growing Together for Industry, Academia, and Research Cooperation
From the perspective of the IFEZ, the ripple effect from the ecosystem for industry, academia, and research cooperation, as mentioned earlier, triggers innovative growth. Furthermore, given the overall structure of Korean industry, it is well known that Korea’s industry is now at an inflection point where it must transform itself from the chaser type to the leader type. Innovation is, quite literally, an innovative thing. It is expected that, once industry, academia, and research enter maturity in each field, realizing an innovation cluster and cooperating for mutual advancement, it will lead global industries.

The IFEZ’s Direction and Goal for Industry, Academia, and Research Cooperation
Thus far, the IFEZ has been focused on development and attracting investment as its major business. Now, for the year 2020, the target year of initial establishment has arrived for success to be felt to a certain degree. At this critical juncture, the call of the times is to establish infrastructure. Also, back in 2018, the government announced the direction for Korea’s nationwide free economic zones to be put in place by 2027, and the keynote was on nurturing industry. Under such circumstances, the IFEZ is making efforts to induce R&D centers, universities, etc. If the ecosystem for industry, academia, and research cooperation is well established, a virtuous cycle will be realized for good companies and universities to move in, attracted by the vision that this ecosystem provides

Work Attitude Required as the Director of the Planning and Coordination Headquarters
The answer lies in, above all else, the site itself. In order to address the issues presented, I recommend that people dive into the related sites. Compliance is also important. The planning and coordination headquarters is responsible for administrative works around the IFEZ, and our priority is to implement projects from A to Z, abiding by relevant laws. As the IFEZ is taking the initiative for future industries, unreasonable situations sometimes present obstacles; however, we try to find ways to improve within the frame of the legal system. Last but not least, I would like to highlight communication and cooperation; the work of the IFEZ is interconnected like cog wheels and, in order to maintain smooth operation, it requires continuous communication and mutual trust.

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