Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

KAIST has connotations of academic excellence, innovation and entrepreneurship, but also the launch of large-scale projects. The university often ranks highly among other universities of a similar age.

KAIST was established in February 1971 as Korea Advanced Institute of Science, with a loan given by United States Agency for International Development. The university aimed not only to educate young researchers in science and engineering, but also to provide a solid basis for the development of future higher education institutions in Korea.

Its structure was created by an international team, which included the American electrical engineer and vice-president of Stanford University Frederick Emmons Terman. Unlike other public institutions in South Korea, KAIST has freedom to decide upon its entry requirements and course structure, which gives the university a special status.

Today, KAIST has a rich academic portfolio in disciplines such as physics, mathematics, engineering, humanities and social sciences, business and management. The courses are delivered by 5 colleges and 6 schools, with over 33 divisions. KAIST's unique institutes include the National NanoFab Center, which conducts research into nano-devices and their potential applications.

KAIST consists of 2 major campuses situated in Daejeon and South Korea's capital Seoul. They offer over 25 dormitories, 4 libraries and a medical centre. To ensure students are actively engaged in the campus cultural events, the university organises traditional opera and jazz recitals.

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1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) published between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

305 149.35

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 132 69.18
15 6.78
7 5.20
16 10.63
8 4.03
7 2.92
2 0.73
15 6.81
7 4.08
17 9.55
2 0.64
22 10.65
2 0.53
2 1.50
2 0.49
2 1.50
6 3.14
Physical Sciences 178 83.09
Life Sciences 47 20.13
Earth & Environmental Sciences 2 2

Highlight of the month

Mind control for mice

© Teltra Images/Getty

© Teltra Images/Getty

Remote-controlled cyborg mice developed by a team at KAIST could shed light on hoarding disorders and shopping addictions.

The team pinpointed a set of neurons in part of the brain’s hypothalamus that sends projections to a site in the midbrain. Activation of this circuit prompts mice to track down desired toys and to hunt prey.

By outfitting mice with headgear that can stimulate this region of the brain with light — via a technique called optogenetics — the researchers created cyborg mice that obeyed navigational commands while ignoring enticing distractions such as potential mates or plates of food.

Similar machine−animal hybrids could aid military search missions, the authors suggest. The steerable mice also offer a platform for better understanding neurological conditions, such as compulsive hoarding disorder, in which people are pathologically drawn to acquire certain objects.

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  1. Nature Neuroscience 21, 364–372 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41593-018-0072-x

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1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 47.27% Domestic
  • 52.73% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (FC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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