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Germany’s Federal President dignifies MoU between Germany and South-Korea

News International-French

14 Oct 2015

Prof. Thomas Gries, Head of Institut für Textiltechnik (ITA) of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Manfred Martin, RWTH Aachen University-Rector’s Delegate for Cooperation with Korea, SKKU-President Prof. Kyu Sang Chung and the President of the Korean Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH) met in South-Korea to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the German-Korean research proposal Dream2Lab2Fab.

Germany’s Federal President Joachim Gauck congratulates the attendees on the common economic approach during the 7th Korean-German Conference for Science and Innovation at the Grand Hyatt Seoul.

Dream2Lab2Fab is developing necessary economic production technologies for smart textiles in cooperation with Research and Industry. Furthermore it combines the Korean and German knowledge of different branches.

In 2016, two research facilities will be built simultaneously in Suwon, the capital of the province Gyeonggi-do, South-Korea, and in Aachen, Germany. The Gyeonggi-do Province Director and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) already confirmed a funding of two Mio. € p.a. for the Korean site. The project funding will be provided for a period of five years. The Koreans plan a new building with estimated costs of about 20 Mio. € in the long term. As interim solution, an additional site will be rented until the project is realized.

To implement Dream2Lab2Fab in Germany, a new site will be constructed in Aachen. A first draft estimates costs of about 20 Mio. €. Prof. Jarke, Head of Fraunhofer Institute of Applied Information Technology (FIT), and Prof. Prinz, the Deputy Head of Institute agreed to support ITA. Prof. Jarke will also participate at MoU resp. the international mini symposium on October 14th, 2015.

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) is a private research university and with it’s 600 year’s of history it belongs to Korea’s oldest universities. SKKU has an open mind for industry partnerships, e.g. a long-time partner program for brilliant students with the company Samsung exists.

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