[Korea] Korea Polytechnic University (KPU) School of Design
Exchange Agreement signed in 2017
Affiliation: School of Design
Introduction of the university
Korea Polytechnic University (KPU) is the first university specializing in industry-academia cooperation, established in 1997 by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (now the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy) in the largest national industrial complex in Korea, where more than 19,000 component and material companies are located.
Since its opening, the university has contributed to the development of local and national industries through innovation in engineering education and the cultivation of field-oriented human resources in cooperation with the small and medium-sized companies. To promote industry-academia cooperation, the university has established a “family and company network” with over 4,000 technologically innovative companies. It has established a culture of collaboration between the university and companies. It was also the first in the country to develop and apply the Engineering House (EH) system, a joint research space in the university that allows students to join their professors in their R&D projects with corporations to perform their education, research and projects cooperatively 24 hours a day. Since 2013, the university has been operating the “Work-Learning Concurrent Project”, a program to parallel work and learning, for the first time in Korea, and it is currently taking on the role of a headquarters to oversee the “Work-Learning Concurrent Project” across the country. As of 2017, KPU has 12 faculties (departments), and each faculty has a graduate school. The ultimate goal of KPU is to build an “industry-academia fusion technopolis” that allows universities and companies to support each other.
Introduction to the School of Design
The School of Design consists of three majors: Industrial Design, Convergence Design, and Industrial Design Engineering, and operates a multidisciplinary educational curriculum based on product design education to develop the creative human resources needed by society in the future. The school cultivates an original and creative design mindset, pursues the aesthetic value of products, and optimizes economic value by integrating engineering technology into design. Students in the first and second years are nurtured into highly sensitive individuals through basic and liberal education in design. Students in the third and fourth years participate in the EH program and develop practical skills through industry-academic cooperation projects with their professors. The School of Design operates six EHs, and undergraduate design students complete mandatory and on-site training in EHs for at least eight weeks before graduation. These experiences have been very well received by companies as a curriculum that does not require post-employment re-education. In addition, the program has been introduced as a standard part of the curriculum of Korean university education.
Updated October 2020