Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology

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DGIST Emblem 2.png
EstablishedSeptember 7, 2004
PresidentYoung Kuk
Academic staff
207 faculty (2019)
Administrative staff
221 (2019)
Undergraduates807 (2019)
Postgraduates656 (2019)
333, Techno Jungang-daero, Hyeonpung-myeon, Dalseong-gun
674,101 square metres (166.57 acres)
ColorsBlue and Gray                     

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) (In Korean 대구경북과학기술원) is a public science and engineering university located in Daegu Metropolitan City, Republic of Korea. Under a Special Act on Support of Scientists and Engineers for Strengthening National Science and Technology Competitiveness, the Korean government enacted Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology Act (Act No. 6996) and founded DGIST in 2004 as a research institute. In 2008, the act was amended to extend the role of the institute to both research and education, which eventually enabled a transition from a research institute to a university. The university is one among four Institutes of Science and Technology in South Korea which demonstrate a leading role in advancement of science and technology. DGIST has been growing as a leading university of science and engineering with its aim to facilitate national advancement by nurturing talented individuals through its innovative convergence education and research.


In 2004, the Korean Government established DGIST as a research institute to promote national science and technology, and located the institute in Daegu to invigorate the local economy. The government amended DGIST Act in 2008, enabling the institute to offer its educational (degree) programs.

The first president of the institute, when it had a form as a research institute, was Kyu-Suk Chung, appointed in 2004; the second was In Seon Lee, appointed in 2007. The current president (as of April 2019), Dr. Young Kuk, took office as the fourth president of DGIST after Dr. Sang Hyuk Son.

Night view of DGIST campus
Dec 11, 2003 Enacted DGIST Act (Act No. 6996,) which implies its legal basis for the establishment of DGIST
Sep 03, 2004 First President Kyu-Suk Chung was Inaugurated (research institute)
Sep 07, 2004 Registered the Establishment of DGIST as a research institute
Sep 03, 2007 Second President In-Seon Lee was Inaugurated (research institute)
Jun 13, 2008 Amended the DGIST Act (Act No. 9108) to allow DGIST to offer its educational (degree) programs
May 08, 2009 DGIST Vision & University Identity Proclamation Ceremony
Nov 22, 2010 Moved Campus to Current Site, Hyeonpung
Feb 25, 2011 Dr. Sung-Chul Shin was inaugurated as founding president of university
Mar 02, 2011 First Matriculation Ceremony of the Graduate School was held
Dec 14, 2011 Established the Korea Brain Research Institute (KBRI), affiliated institute of DGIST
Mar 02, 2012 Second Matriculation Ceremony of the Graduate School
May 02, 2012 Proclaimed VISION 2020 & Campus Ground-breaking Ceremony was held
Jul 16, 2012 Established the DGIST-LBNL Joint Research Center
Oct 08, 2012 Established the Center for Plant Aging-Research, Institute for Basic Science (IBS)
Oct 30, 2012 Established the CPS Global Center
Feb 15, 2013 First Commencement of the Graduate School was held
Mar 04, 2013 Third Matriculation Ceremony of the Graduate School was held
Feb 21, 2014 Second Commencement of the Graduate School was held
Mar 03, 2014 First Matriculation Ceremony of the Undergraduate School was held
Jun 13, 2014 Campus Dedication Ceremony was held
Sep 16, 2014 DGIST 10th Anniversary Ceremony was held
Feb 26, 2015 Dr. Sung-Chul Shin was inaugurated as the Second President of university
Apr 01, 2015 Established DGIST Convergence Research Institute
Apr 19, 2016 Established Core Protein Resources Center
Oct 19, 2016 Established Well Aging Research Center
Mar 22, 2017 Dr. Sang Hyuk Son was inaugurated as the third president of university
Apr 01, 2019 Dr. Young Kuk was inaugurated as the fourth president of university

Organization and Administration[edit]

Win-Win Academia-Research Cooperation[edit]

Through a coexistence of its education and research institution, DGIST seeks convergence and cooperation between its academic unit--the university--and R&D unit--the DGIST Convergence Research Institute.

The Convergence Compass located on the corner of campus entrance road The C compass symbolizes the "convergence" concept, which has been the basis of DGIST education and research.
unique organizational structure


Undergraduate Program[edit]

School of Undergraduate Studies was opened in 2014 under the College of Transdisciplinary Studies. The School inspires young talents to enhance their sense of mission, vision and passion for themselves to be creative global leaders for the upcoming era, which will demand such scholars and leaders who can approach to complex problems with brilliant and convergencet solutions for the world.

  • CLE Educational Principles: Convergence Education, Leadership Education, Entrepreneurship Education
  • 3 Innovative Education Systems
  1. Transdisciplinary Curriculum within the Single Unified School: Students experience concentrated education in basic science and engineering for Years 1-3 and Track-customized education in the final years including the UGRP
    1. Solid Background in Basic Science and Engineering: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer, Auto-control, Statistics
    2. Diversifying Knowledge with Humanities: Along with the focus on basic science education, the curriculum also emphasizes students’ humanities backgrounds through Oriental and Western philosophy, comparative history, art history, and physical education courses.
    3. Cultivating Creative Leadership
    4. Developing Sense of Entrepreneurship: It covers technology management and entrepreneurship.
  2. Teaching Faculty Dedicated to Undergraduate Education: All the professors in the undergraduate school are fully dedicated to undergraduate teaching, life mentoring, and research for the best quality of education.
  3. Faculty-developed Electronic Textbooks: E-books authored by faculty cover all undergraduate curriculum.

Graduate Program[edit]

the six departments under DGIST Graduate School

The Graduate School has been offering Master's and Doctoral Degree Programs, including integrated MS-PhD programs. The idea of 'Convergence' is also well-reflected in designing graduate school curriculum. Based on the MIREBraiN program, which are DGIST's strategic areas on research and education, the graduate school offers its program in six majors since 2011.

  • Department of Emerging Materials Science
Quantum materials, nano/bio materials, computational materials
  • Department of Information & Communication Engineering
Cyber Physical Systems (CPS), bio-medical systems, smart connected systems
  • Department of Robotics Engineering
Surgical robot, rehabilitation and life support robots, bio micro-nano robot, BRI, robot design, service robots
  • Department of Energy Science & Engineering
Renewable energy, energy conversion and storage, materials design
  • Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Neuro-metabolism, sensory system, neuro-degeneration, theoretical biophysics
  • Department of New Biology
Aging biology, nano-bio imaging, systems and complex biology, bio-sustainability, biochemistry and biophysics


DGIST Convergence Research Institute[edit]

  • Convergence Research Center for Solar Energy
  • Convergence Research Center for Wellness
  • DGIST-LBNL Research Center for Emerging Materials
  • Research Center for Resilient Cyber Physical Systems
  • Convergence Research Center for Microlaser Technology
  • Convergence Research Center for Future Automotive Technology
  • DGIST-ETH Microrobot Research Center
  • Core Protein Resources Center
  • Well Aging Research Center
  • Convergence Research Center for Collaborative Robots
  • Global Center for Bio-Convergence Spin System
  • Companion Diagnostics and Medical Technology Research Group
  • Smart Textile Convergence Research Group
  • Magnet-Controlled Materials Research Group
  • Intelligent Devices and Systems Research Group
  • Brain Engineering Convergence Research Center
  • Magnetics Initiative Life Care Research Center
  • Research Center for Extreme Exploitation of Dark Data

Research Infra[edit]

In addition to the DGIST Convergence Research Institute, DGIST has state-of-the-art infrastructure to support and facilitate efficient research.

  • Office of Research Administration
    • Center for Core Research Facilities
    • Supercomputing and Big Data Center
    • Laboratory Animal Resource Center
  • Office of University-Industry Cooperation
    • Center for Techology Ventures
    • Start-up Accelerator
    • Intellectual Property Management Team
    • Business Incubation Team


The total number of members in DGIST was counted as 2,119 (as of April 2019). The number includes 1,486 of students enrolled for the 2019 school year (807 Undergraduates, 375 Master’s program students, 177 Ph.D. program students, 75 Integrated MS-PhD Program students and 52 Combined Undergraduate-Graduate Program). Currently, 207 of faculty, 205 researchers, and 221 of administrative staffs are working at DGIST.

Notable Alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°42′19″N 128°27′26″E / 35.7053°N 128.4571°E / 35.7053; 128.4571