The forum of the two countries has taken place for the 31st time this year. Organizers of the event were Ulsan Technological Park and Polytechnic University. Apart from Tomsk, there were also universities of Novosibirsk, Moscow and Belarus participating. All of them made presentations on priority areas they work on, presented their developments and tried to find partners for international cooperation.
Ulsan is one of the richest cities in South Korea, the centre of Korean industry known worldwide as the birthplace of the Hyundai brand. Automobile and shipbuilding are one of the leading industries of Ulsan and as a result, there is a strong interest in international cooperation, exchange of scholars and developments present here. Right after the TSU presentation had been delivered, the TSU delegates, Vice Rector for International Affairs, Sergey Kirpotin, and the specialist of the Department for the implementation of the National Research University Programme, Anastasia Ryazanova, were approached by representatives of different companies with proposals to solve some specific technological tasks and with invitations for students to come for training.
Since 2003 Ulsan and Tomsk have been sister cities. In 2011 TSU signed an agreement of cooperation with Ulsan Technological Park. So far there has been no explicit results produced under the agreement but according to Sergey Kirpotin, there are favorable conditions for resuming the joint work today.
- Starting from 2014, visas between our countries will be cancelled but most importantly 2014 has been announced to be the Year of Russia in Korea and of Korea in Russia, - Sergey Nikolaevich says. – Taking into account our long-standing ties with Ulsan, it is the right time for us to take the Russian-Korean cooperation to a qualitatively new level. TSU has always maden the most of such events. For example, during the Year of Russia and the Netherlands, projects on Maastricht were initiated, during the Year of Russia and France close ties with France have been built that led to the establishment of the French-Siberian Centre. Something of the kind will have to be done in the framework of cooperation with Korea especially now that Ulsan companies have already expressed their interest in a number of TSU developments.It is noteworthy that the visit to Korea took place in the framework of the “Road Map” which has been elaborated at TSU to improve university international competitiveness and enter the TOP 100 of world universities.