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11/14/2019 Special > Special

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[HYU High] Hanyang University ERICA enters into the spotlight as Korea’s ‘Silicon Valley.’

ERICA Campus, a role model of the Korean type industry-academic cooperation, has now become the center of a future oriented city.

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40 years ago in 1979, a university building was built on land made from mudflats near the west coast of Korea. No one could have imagined that, on such a barren and remote location, the university’s dream would become a reality, but now -- everyone has taken notice of Hanyang University’s ERICA Campus as a role model for the Korean industry-academic cooperation. We would like to introduce the ERICA Campus, and how it is expected to change in the future.
 
<Hanyang University ERICA Campus> 
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 Discovering the keys to winning a competition through cooperation 
 
The method that has been gaining major attention for companies as a means of surviving fierce competition has, ironically, been labeled as cooperation. ‘Hyper-Co-operation’ emerged from the term cooperative competition (Coopetition = Cooperation + Competition), which means to go beyond mere cooperation by taking the hand of anyone for survival.  It is only plausible that the traditional method of companies independently solving problems aligned with the fast pace of technological transformation carries limitations, and the decision made by companies at this point is “cooperate with universities.”

There are many instances in which companies from developed nations like the United States and Germany achieved successful industrial innovation in cooperation with companies.  In the 1980s, Harvard Medical School (Hoechst A.G.), the University of Washington (Monsanto), and MIT (Exon) received attention by creating innovation through industry-academic cooperation.  Recently GE, Siemens, Rolls-Royce, IBM, Amazon, Google, and Uber are innovating by utilizing universities as key players, and global companies are strengthening the development of cooperative relationships by transferring laboratories inside the school or creating memberships with universities.
 
<Foreign University Cases>
  • - Philips : Transferred the Research Center to the nearest location in MIT for joint research of MIT, Health Tech, and Connected Lighting fields (2015)
  • - IBM : Concluded 264 billion won partnerships for 10 years with MIT for AI research (2017)
  • - Qualcomm : Founded by former UCSD Professor Irwin Jacobs
  • - Rolls-Royce : Carried out long-term research development through alliance and cooperation with multiple universities, without autonomously possessing a basis for research development
  • - Germany RWTH Aachen Engineering College: 16 research clusters have been established on the campus, and each cluster has space for independent research facilities and spaces for alliances with companies. The company has an on-site representative to conduct joint research with the university.

※ Source: Industrial-Academic Cooperation System and Case Study of Major Overseas Universities (Korea Industrial Technology Promotion Agency, 2018)

 
How is industry-academic cooperation in Korea? 
What is the situation like in Korea where foreign countries are strengthening partnerships with universities amid such rapid changes? Recently, there has been an emphasis on industry-academic cooperation as a means to create new innovations, but the actual level of cooperation in Korea is still insufficient. Only 2.8 percent voluntarily pushed for industrial-academic cooperation without government support, and there are statistics that the technology fee income against research development costs is at 1.2 percent, compared with 3.4 percent in the U.S. Despite such a poor domestic environment, there is a university that leads the flow of industrial-academic cooperation in Korea. That is Hanyang University’s ERICA Campus.  
 
The ERICA Campus of Hanyang University, located in the Ansan area of the Seoul metropolitan region of Korea, currently hosts more than 200 industry and research institutes on campus, and more than 2,000 companies have joined the family business to form an organic network. The 'corporate membership program' introduced by leading universities abroad was optimized for the ERICA Campus and introduced for the first time in Korea. This program is called EP (ERICA Partners). In addition, 260 companies participate in field trials to foster practical individuals with on-the-job training, so that this role is not neglected as an educational institution.
 
In particular, this growth has accelerated this year on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Campus, achieving the success of being selected for all three key industrial-academic cooperation projects by the government. As one of the new models for the government to create innovative growth engines, the ERICA Campus has now set the stage for the development of a world-class industrial-academic cooperation cluster, which will proceed beyond the domestic level, in line with the intensive investment of industrial-academic cooperation projects. 
 

「 Designation of Gyeonggi Ansan Province as R&D Special Zone」: Projects that promote technological commercialization as a core institution (Main agency: Hanyang University ERICA) and apply tax benefits to research institute companies or high-tech companies that move into special zones (main agency: Ministry of Science, Technology, Information and Communication)/ Production effect of up to 128.7 billion won (100 million USD) over the next five years, generating 51.6 billion won in value added effect, and creating 1,139 jobs.
 
「Industrial-academic cooperation complex creation business in universities」: A project aimed at revitalizing the entry and start-up of companies and research institutes by remodeling the idle space of universities (main institution: the Ministry of Education) / Support a total of 13.8 billion won (12 million USD) over five years, government 8 billion won (7 million USD) and local governments 5.8 billion won (5 million USD)
 
「Campus Innovative Park business」: A project to develop the university's 186,848-square-meter idle land into a city-high-tech industrial park favored by the youth (main institutions: the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, the Ministry of Small and Medium-sized Venture Business) / 1,000 companies, aimed at creating 10,000 employment

 
▲An anticipated bird's eye view of the urban high-tech industrial complex
 (Campus Innovative Park) created within ERICA
 
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The ERICA Campus will evolve as the center of a future oriented city beyond imagination. 
 
The reason behind the government's selection of major projects is that it has been recognized for its outstanding achievements in industry-academic cooperation, but it can also be interpreted for highlighting the potential for future development. The ERICA Campus is outlining the big picture
on the process of achieving the vision of national development beyond just the growth of the university.

 

<Government-led Changes and Regional New Infrastructure> (Changes around campus)

  • - Participated in achieving the vision of the world's top four manufacturing powers on the national level
  • - Selected the smart line production process for Banwol-Shiwha national industrial complex (Ministry of Industry and Energy plans to inject a total of 1.605 trillion won or 1 billion USD by 2022)
  • - The newly opened Hanyang University Station, New-Ansan Line, will greatly improve accessibility to Seoul beginning in 2024 (approximately 25 minutes to Seoul)
  • - Plan to initiate a smart city development plan across the university in an 89 block radius (in total, 320,000 m2)
  • - The Smart Manufacturing Innovation Center will be relocated to a 90 block circumference (approximately 80,000 m2) with a walking distance of 5 minutes from the campus.
  • - Planning to develop  borrow pit 3 (an area where material has been dug for use at another location) for the smart ICT convergence cluster within the campus (total plottage of 180,000 m2)
  • - A total of 920,000 square meters of land, both inside and outside the campus, will be used for future industrial reconstruction.
 
▲ An expected aerial-view of Hwaseong International Theme Park: the complex will be a total of 4.18 million square meters. A total of 4.5 trillion won is anticipated from private investment.
(Photo courtesy: Shinsegae Group homepage)
 
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The original dream envisioned for Hanyang University’s ERICA Campus is even clearer now. The Ansan Science Valley, centered on Hanyang University's ERICA Campus, will be developed into a youth-friendly city where one can enjoy all of the high-tech industry, residential amenities, the culture, and leisure activities, making this, a perfect model for a future-oriented city. In addition, a large new town with a total size of 20,000 households is being created within only a 10 minute walking distance from campus, and the development of ‘Smart City’ is planned as a demonstration of the high-tech residential complex on the site opposite the university. The international theme park complex development project is being carried out on 4.18 million square meters of land within a 2km radius of the campus, and the private sector is expected to invest 4.5 trillion won (4 billion USD) in total budget into the cultural leisure industry. The site will be built with world-class theme parks, as well as high-end hotels and resorts, golf courses, complex shopping malls and premium outlets. From the excellent residential conditions provided through the creation of such industrial-residential-culture complex, the inflow of young people is expected and will be developed into one of the premier urban centers for youths representing the Republic of Korea. One cannot help but notice the ERICA campus of Hanyang University, a university oriented toward the future that will grow with the region and drive future industries.
 
 

What about Hanyang University ERICA?


Hanyang University ERICA (Education-Research-Industry-Cluster at Ansan) was founded as a Banwol branch school in 1979 with the purpose of industrial-academic cooperation. Hanyang University ERICA is located in Ansan, a satellite city of Seoul, the capital of Korea. In addition to 19,000 small and medium-sized enterprises located in Banwol-Sihwa National Industrial Complex, the largest industrial complex in the Seoul metropolitan area within a 2km radius. Global companies such as Hyundai Motor Co., LG Electronics Inc., Samsung Display Co. and Samsung Electronics Co. are located within 20-30 kilometers. One-fourth of the campus' 430,000 pyeong (1,309,515 m2) site are cluster zones, providing an infrastructure that can be fully utilized by laboratories and industries. In particular, the campus name was changed to ERICA: Education-Research-Industry-Cluster at Ansan to characterize industry-academic cooperation and promote the university's vision toward a world-class industry-academic cluster more clearly.  The outstanding academic infrastructure and the various academic-industrial cooperation programs created on campus provide a leading model of future universities that not only play a pivotal role in the development of local industries but also cultivates practical individuals who can contribute to society. ERICA has abundant research infrastructure, including 9 colleges, 54 departments, 400 full-time faculty members, 1,000 graduate students, and 9,000 college students who are attending the school.

 
▲ ERICA Campus Infrastructure map
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