Dr. Kil-Choo MOON

Dr. Kil-Choo MOON
University of Science and Technology (UST),

Title : The Key of Innovation: Education


Korea has aimed to achieve standards set by advanced countries in various aspects such as science and technology, economy, and society. Many developing countries have benchmarked Korea's developmental strategies, given its success in enhancing national competitiveness. However, with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, the world is seeking new and more efficient developmental strategies. The fourth industrial revolution has created a shift in paradigm, and past models no longer have the same effect. If this is the case, what should we focus on? The fourth industrial revolution is the key to developments in science and technology, and human resources are the primary entity driving such progress. It is time to focus on humans, and innovation in education is essential for humans to play the leading role in future societies. At a time when scientific advancement is threatening the role of humans, we must exert greater efforts to protect the human domain. Many scholars and prominent figures assert that humans must be capable of doing what AI cannot, and are calling for innovative reforms in education. In other words, we should utilize technology where it is necessary, and at the same time, strengthen education to instill creativity and multidisciplinary thinking. If we do not improve the education system to produce graduates who possess the qualities deemed desirable in today's society, the fourth industrial revolution will remain in a stagnant state. Based on the developments of science and technology, we can create and utilize a wide variety of teaching methodologies and educational content. By doing so, we can nurture more talented individuals for this time and age, and be better prepared for the uncertain future.


Dr. Kil-Choo Moon is the President of the University of Science and Technology (UST) in Korea. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa and received both his MS and Ph.D from the University of Minnesota.After working in private sector for environmental monitoring and protection, Dr. Moon joined the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) as Principal Researcher in 1991. At KIST, Dr. Moon served as various roles including Director of Global Environmental Research Center (2003-2004), Director of Technology Transfer Division, Director General of KIST Gangneung (2006-2009), Vice President (2010-2013), and President of KIST.He was the President of the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (IUAPPA), and Director for National Science and Engineering Programs at National Research Foundation of Korea. Dr. Moon received Ungbi Medal, Order of Science and Technology Merit (2006), Scientific Award, KOSAE (2004), Certification of Honor, IUAPPA, England (2001) and Ministry Citation, Ministry of Environment (1994).