By Kang Shin-who
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), the nation's top state-run science university, said Tuesday it has reached an agreement to merge with the Information and Communications University (ICU).
``We will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) this week on the merger. We are going to revise internal articles of the two universities for the integration,'' said Chang Sun-heung, vice president of operations at KAIST.
Under the agreement, the two universities will form a committee to oversee work to complete the merger by the end of the year. ICU will become the IT Convergence Campus, which will be headed by a KAIST vice president.
KAIST pledged that it will treat ICU professors and staff equally after the merger. This year, the two universities will separately recruit freshmen for 2009, but will then unify recruitment.
Founded in 1971 in the Daedeok Research Complex, Daejeon, KAIST specializes in science and engineering education. A total of 7,736 students ― 3,223 taking bachelors degree courses, 2,213 taking masters and 2,300 in the doctorate program ― study at the university at its Daedoek and Seoul campuses.
The ICU was established in 1997 by the Korean Ministry of Information and Communication, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, and various Korean IT companies. It has 1,121 students; 481 undergraduates, 324 taking masters degrees and 316 in its doctoral program.