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 February 2018 - 31 January 2019

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 February 2018 - 31 January 2019 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.

309 150.01

Outputs by subject (FC)

Subject AC FC
Chemistry 141 70.68
Physical Sciences 162 82.01
19 9.72
25 14.35
23 10.32
12 8.47
5 1.34
27 10.69
8 5.88
1 0.33
15 7.60
1 0.50
2 1.04
4 1.35
2 0.50
11 5.60
1 0.08
5 4.10
1 0.14
Earth & Environmental Sciences 3 1.80
Life Sciences 57 23.16

Highlight of the month

The source of a brain tumour’s aggressiveness found



Scientists in Korea have discovered why an aggressive brain cancer often reoccurs even after being subjected to the best treatments modern medicine can offer. This could lead to new ways to treat it.

Glioblastoma is a devastating brain tumour that has no cure. Even after surgical removal followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy, it frequently reoccurs within a year, and half of patients do not live beyond 15 months.

Now, an all-Korean team that included researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has tracked down the cells responsible for producing the tumor.

They analyzed samples from tumors, normal cortical tissue and normal subventricular zone tissue, where neural stem cells are found. In more than half the glioblastoma patients, subventricular zone tissue away from the tumour contained genetic mutations that are low-level drivers of glioblastoma.

In mice experiments, neural stem cells with these mutations migrated from the subventricular zone and produced glioblastomas in distant brain regions.

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  1. Nature 560, 243–247 (2018). doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0389-3

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 February 2018 - 31 January 2019

International vs. domestic collaboration by FC

  • 54.21% Domestic
  • 45.79% 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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