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KU-MAGIC Research Village


1. Overview

  • Business Objective: Centralize SMEs’ research functions into a university/research institute equipped with excellent research infrastructure to support their R&D projects and technology-to-market efforts based on business-academia-research cooperation
  • Hosting agencies: Universities and/or research institutes which intend to participate in building infrastructure, including space essential for operating the research village, enhance the research capabilities of SMEs and support their technology development
  • Participating companies: SMEs that want to build/transfer their affiliated research institutes to the research village, work together with universities/research institutes to develop technologies, and enhance R&D and technological innovation capacity
  • R&D Center for local SMEs: Open an R&D Center in the Seoul metropolitan area (Seoul, Gyeonggi and Incheon) to help SMEs harness R&D human resources in the area and develop technologies

2. Construction

  • Link researchers from KU, the only institute with two government designated research-driven hospitals, to the Hongreung Bio-Medical Cluster project initiated by the Seoul government to support R&D of biomedical businesses and commercialization of their ideas
  • Utilize the KU-MAGIC Research Center located on KU’s Jeongreung Campus as a space for business-academia convergence R&D projects

3. Implementation Strategies

  • Identify research topics through mid- to long-term R&D project planning by KU-MAGIC, government designated research-driven hospitals and the Horeung Bio-Medical Cluster Project
  • Offer academic information to medical and life science convergence schools such as the Korea University College of Medicine, College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, and College of Health Science
  • Develop a joint research team linking KU researchers, overseas universities and research institutes
  • Offer R&D infrastructure such as space, equipment, incubation programs and training
  • Provide lifecycle support from ideation to R&D, sales, and exports through KU-MAGIC programs (KU-MAGIC Connect program)
  • Encourage undergraduate and graduate students from related KU colleges to participate in business internship projects (promote their employment in these companies)
  • Establish an industry-academia-research convergence R&D cooperation network based on KU2020, KUMC R&BD Fair, KU HT·BT Research Festival and others that KU hosts on a regular basis

4. Expected Benefits

Step 1 (2016-2018) Step 2 (2019-2021)
Technology development (2016) Commercialization (2017) Performance management Performance cascade Virtuous cycle creation
  • Joint R&D to foster business ideas as intellectual properties
  • Support for product design, production, and sales at home and abroad
  • Technology management as intellectual properties
  • Patent possession and retention
  • Performance monitoring and management
  • Incorporation of technology companies
  • Support for attracting investment
  • Profit generation through patent transactions and profit creation
  • Acquisition of R&D and technology commercialization capabilities and profit generation to lay the ground for business viability


Technological Effect Social Effect
* Joint research projects: 20
* Registered patents: 20
* Applied patents: 40
* Commercialized ideas: 20
* Theses published at home and abroad: 20
* Created jobs: more than 100
* Talent training programs: 4 sessions
* Export consulting: 50 cases