NYU and KAIST Kick Off Partnership

New York University and KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) today celebrated their new partnership at an event attended by South Korean President Yook Suk-yeol, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYU Board of Trustees Chairman William R. Berkley, NYU, was attended by President Andrew Hamilton and KAIST President Lee Kwang Hyung. The event also included the signing of a cooperation agreement with the City of New York by the KAIST delegation.

The partnership between NYU and KAIST was formalized in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in June 2022. The partnership was recognized at today’s event, where the two institutions unveiled signage for their anticipated joint New York campus.

The partnership will focus on science, technology, engineering, arts, humanities and mathematics. It begins with a series of research collaborations involving about 50 faculty members from the two institutions in areas such as biomedical engineering, AI convergence, neuroscience, next-generation wireless communications, cybersecurity, and sustainability, among others. Additionally, discussions have begun between the faculties of the two institutions regarding the possibility of establishing a joint undergraduate engineering degree and study abroad program that would include an intensive hands-on learning environment and industry experience in both countries.

The two universities have already identified dedicated spaces on each campus for their emerging collaborative work. In New York, NYU-KAIST offices will be located at One Metrotech Center, in the heart of NYU’s engineering/technology/new media/arts corridor in Brooklyn; KAIST will provide space for NYU staff on its campus. With a view to establishing a campus in New York City by 2025, KAIST has also spoken to New York City officials about its plans.

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“We are proud to have enabled this partnership between KAIST and New York University, which will be a real asset to students and help drive more innovation in our city,” he said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “Since senior members of our administration learned of this opportunity during a recent trip to South Korea, we have worked closely with KAIST to develop strategies to increase their presence and investment in New York. This is the beginning of a relationship that I am confident will bring even more academic, business and technological opportunities to the five boroughs.”

“We are very excited about our newly established partnership with KAIST,” he said NYU President Andrew Hamilton. “We see great potential in the possibilities for cooperation in the development of courses, research, cutting-edge technologies, entrepreneurial initiatives and industrial partnerships and in exchange. We believe this partnership aligns very well with NYU’s commitment to global engagement and will make important contributions to New York’s technology sector. It’s exciting to think about how much NYU and KAIST have to learn from each other and how much we can achieve together.”

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“We are thrilled that our institution is coming together with NYU to pursue a shared vision: join forces to advance technology-enabled research and education; play a leading role in addressing global challenges and problems through science and technology; and building stronger Korea-US ties,” he said KAIST President Kwang Hyung Lee. “This partnership with an institution that shares our sense of excellence in research and global social responsibility is reminiscent of the spirit of international partnership and support that led to the creation of KAIST in 1971.”


Since KAIST’s founding in 1971, KAIST and its alumni have been the gateway to advanced science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, and have made significant contributions to creating the vibrant economy of today’s Korea. KAIST has meanwhile developed into one of the most innovative universities; It was ranked 1st among the most innovative universities in Asia from 2016 to 2018 and 11th among the most innovative universities in the world in 2018 by Thomson Reuters. KAIST was named as one of the 2021 Global 100 Innovators by Clarivate, the only listed university. QS ranked KAIST as the 20th best university in engineering and technology in 2022, and the Nature Index Young University Ranking ranked KAIST 4th in the world. KAIST continues to be at the forefront of innovation and spearheads the advancement of science and technology in Korea and beyond, and aims to contribute to the development of new dynamic engines of growth and innovation through collaboration with NYU to attract more forward-looking, creative global talents and young researchers to promote and entrepreneurs in the creative environment of New York City.


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Founded in 1831, New York University is one of the world’s leading research universities/member of the Selective Association of American Universities and one of the few US universities with annual research expenditures exceeding US$1 billion. As one of the largest private universities in the United States, NYU researches and educates in the humanities, social sciences, science, law, medicine, business, dentistry, engineering, mathematics and data science, education, nursing, film and performance arts, music and studio arts , Public Administration, Social Work, Continuing Education, etc. His faculty includes winners of the Nobel Prize, the Abel Prize, the Turing Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Oscars, Tonys and Grammys. NYU is arguably the most global of US universities, with degree-granting campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. 12 other global academic sites; and more students studying abroad and more international students than any other US university.

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