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CWNU Collaborates with Local Universities to Solve Regional Issues
  • By Kim Min-seong, reporter
  • 승인 2024.05.19 23:54
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▲ Representatives of each university's LINC 3.0 Project Team participating in the April 19th cooperative agreement ceremony (Source: CWNU Waagle)

On April 19th, the CWNU Leaders in Industry- University Cooperation (LINC) 3.0 Project Team held a ceremony at the Gyeongsangnam- do Provincial Office in a conference room on the 2nd floor. The ceremony was held to sign a cooperative agreement with three other universities in Gyeongsangnam- do Province: Gyeongsang National University, Kyungnam University, and Inje University. This agreement was made to establish an effective policy system for planning and operating joint projects. The participating universities aim to contribute to regional settlement through urban regeneration and foster young talent.

The LINC Project, initiated by the Ministry of Education to support universities, aims to establish an innovative ecosystem through industry- academia collaboration. Participating universities aim to cultivate future talents and nurture entrepreneurial universities to promote them into leading regional universities. CWNU, which was selected for the LINC project, will benefit from various education and business support programs. Education support programs include capstone design, field training, capacity building for job creation and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship- friendly academic systems, and entrepreneurship clubs. Business support programs include joint industry technology development projects, tailored guidance, industry- academia collaboration committees, and employee education programs. Drawing on its successful experience in executing LINC and LINC+ Projects over the past decade, CWNU was honored to be selected for the Leaders in Industry- University Cooperation Stage 3 (LINC 3.0) in 2022.

Various industry- academia collaboration projects, including the LINC Project, are providing directions for university development alongside regional community development, aligning with Gyeongsangnam- do's proposed direction for regional community development. Indeed, on April 9th, Gyeongsangnam- do shared its mission of enhancing regional industrial competitiveness and promoting regional community development at the "2024 Glocal Higher Education Innovation Forum" held at CWNU. Ha Jeong- su, Selection Chief of the Education- Talent Department at Gyeongsangnam- do, outlined “the direction and plans for establishing the Gyeongnam RISE System," emphasizing support for universities as centers of regional innovation through enhanced regional connections. He stated that, “to achieve this goal, they would coordinate and utilize major tourist resources within the province, university research facilities, and local government idle infrastructure to establish and utilize regional residency and research infrastructure.”

Currently, Gyeongsangnam- do is intensifying its urban regeneration efforts, drawing inspiration from advanced countries such as the United States' Community Development Program, Japan's revitalization of town projects, and the United Kingdom's New Deal for Community. As part of these efforts, from March 14th to April 18th, they operated the "2024 Urban Regeneration University Basic Course." Initially, the education targets were limited to about 40 coordinators, activists, civil servants, and relevant agencies involved in urban regeneration projects. However, through this agreement, Gyeongsangnam- do plans to expand the target audience for specialized urban regeneration workforce training to students and local youths. Jeong Dae- woon, head of the LINC 3.0 Project Team, stated, "We will strengthen the execution capability and collaboration system of urban regeneration youth employment policies and actively support the cultivation of young talents in the urban regeneration field through standard field training." Such efforts will be crucial steps toward achieving sustainable urban regeneration in Gyeongsangnam-do.

CWNU is actively striving to discover and solve local issues through various activities, including LINC 3.0. Collaboration between universities is expected to bring about results that align with the objectives of urban regeneration projects, aiming to strengthen the role and resources of the public sector while simultaneously revitalizing cities and enhancing competitiveness. Furthermore, it is hoped that these efforts will contribute to improving the quality of life for residents during the process of addressing regional issues while also firmly establishing the university as a representative institution in the region.

By Kim Min-seong, reporter  20221240@gs.cwnu.ac.kr

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