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?STEPI Insight? is published to explore measures from the perspectives of science and technology to tackle social and economic policy issues faced by Korea, including creative economy, job creation, growth engine, an aging society, the environment, and security.
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Title [STEPI Insight] Issues and Challenges in transforming KAIST Model into Developing Countries : Case of Ethiopia
Volume July , 2015. Vol.5
Author Jaewon Lee, Gunhee Park
Date 2015-07-01 Page 31
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 Many developing countries have increasingly asked Korea to share its knowledge and experiences on science and technology cooperation. In particular, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia, has promoted the development of science and technology by benchmarking the early cases of KAIST. Accepting the request from Ethiopia, STEPI has cooperated with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Ethiopia for cooperative development projects.

   

According to this report, as for science and technology education in Ethiopia, there is an increasing consensus on the importance of universities specialized in science and technology, which are expected to improve the quality and relevant environments of science and technology in the country. However, there is still lack of any concrete strategies to realize this idea considering domestic and international situations.

   

Examining this situation, this report emphasizes that Ethiopian universities specialized in science and technology should take a charge to innovate the conventional education system of the country and to develop their competence as research-focused universities. In addition, it also suggests that these universities need to focus on providing innovative R&D environments, enhancing research capabilities, and exploring advanced knowledge to promote new businesses.

   

For future policies to provide developing countries with KAIST models and sustainable cooperation, this report suggests ▲ providing countries with science and technology development models, reflecting local situations and raising their awareness on current issues, ▲ preparing flexible, modular strategies for various alternatives, ▲ expanding the range of projects and competence related to science and science cooperation, and ▲ providing countries with more detailed supports so that they could successfully apply KAIST models in the field.