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Hello, very nice to meet you! My name is Seunghwan Kim, the director of the institute.
His words may be found here on this website, but they can be made into several volumes of books. One of them gave me an inspiration when I was young. He mentioned, "Our generation should make a sacrifice for the happiness of the next generation and the next century." The remark was made in 1979 after POSCO, which had started from scratch, achieved an annual production capacity of 5.5 million tons.

'The next generation's happiness and the next century's prosperity.' How did he lay the tracks to fulfill this mission? First, there was an excellent future strategy. Second, there was a strong sense of patriotism and excellent leadership. These combined to make POSCO the power engine of Korea's industrialization and develop it into the world's best steel company. POSTECH's success as a globally-renowned university is also due to these qualities. But they are not easily recognized like a steel company or a university because they are intangible assets.

Then, who can inherit and develop these intangible qualities and turn them into public property for our society and posterity? This institute was created to answer this question. To that end, we have to manage two major fields. First, we will research future strategies and share them with our society. Second, we will use the spirit and leadership of TJ Park for educational purposes. These two pillars will serve as tracks on which our institute shall move forward.

In 1992, TJ Park proposed to establish an institute of national future strategy to a renowned sociology professor, saying, "Why don't you set up an institute for national future strategy? I will provide about 4 billion won." It would amount to 40 billion won by today's standards, but the proposal did not become a reality as he left POSCO unexpectedly within a year. More than two decades later, our institute was launched humbly against the backdrop of this story. We strive to establish a maximum network with a minimum number of personnel and produce important research results. This is in line with our faith: "Your beginnings will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be."

We firmly believe that as TJ Park did with POSCO we can do so with this institute. We seek your support all along the way to a far horizon.


Thank you.
May, 2018


POSTECH Tae-Joon Park Institute Director
Seunghwan Kim

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