By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Seoul

Seoul, 26 June 2017- PH Ambassador to Korea was among the special guests during the Networking Day hosted by the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) for diplomatic missions on 23 June 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul.

PH Ambassador to ROK Raul S. Hernandez (center) with diplomats, dignitaries and KAIST faculty at KAIST�?s Networking Day with Diplomatic Missions (KAIST Embassy Day) at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on 23 June 2017.
In his opening remarks, Mr.SHIN Sung-Chul, President of KAIST, expressed hope that the networking event would pave the way for KAIST to build a wider network of collaborative partnerships with more S&T institutions overseas to advance global scientific research and development.

PH Ambassador to Korea Raul S. Hernandez had the opportunity to personally greet President Shin during the networking event and commended KAIST on its ranking as one of the leading S&T universities in the world and for its remarkable achievements in advancing the development of science and technology. Ambassador Hernandez also welcomed KAIST's offer to assist S&T institutions overseas in terms of student exchange and research collaboration.

Following President Shin's remarks, KAIST highlighted some of its scientific accomplishments which have garnered international acclaim. Professor OH Jun-ho, Director of KAIST's Humanoid Robot Research Center delivered a presentation on the conceptualization and development of KAIST's renowned humanoid robot, HUBO, which won the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) in 2015 which was participated in by renowned institutions such as the US based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Professor Sang-Yup Lee, Dean of the KAIST Institute, which is the center of multidisciplinary research projects at KAIST, spoke about KAIST's advances in metabolic engineering. In addition, Professor David Helfman of the Department of Biological Science shared his research on the development of targeted therapies to address breast cancer metastasis.

The event also served as an opportunity for KAIST's International Office to promote the International Admissions Program for International Students and to announce that KAIST is open to recruiting talented faculty and researchers from overseas. Currently, 179 foreign faculty and researchers from over 31 countries, representing 8.7% of the total faculty, are working at KAIST. 710 foreign students from 86 countries, representing about 8% of the total students, are studying at KAIST.