Under Vision 2031, KAIST seeks to contribute to the happiness and prosperity of humanity through innovation in science and technology. Vision 2031 entails KAIST’s innovation initiatives in the five areas of education, research, technology, commercialization, and globalization and future strategy. Vision 2031 reflects the three keywords of humanity, happiness, and prosperity.
First, the mission of KAIST when it was founded in 1971 was the development of science and technology as well as industry. Today, KAIST should exert efforts to achieve universal values that extend beyond Korea in order to benefit humanity.
The happiness we pursue is a concept that not only covers social value, but also encompasses sustainability, dignified living, and qualitative satisfaction. Social entrepreneurship and the launching of social enterprises are also included.
Prosperity is the enjoyment of life, surpassing basic needs in terms of psychological, economic, and material fulfillment.
KAIST will provide education to foster creative leaders who enhance the social value of science and technology, conduct research and development to overcome challenges for humanity, emerge as an entrepreneurial university that creates value through technology commercialization, and play the role of ‘World Bridge KAIST’ through globalization. The core of these four key innovation strategies lies in the goal of becoming a university that pursues ‘what’ as well as ‘how.’