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What is the ASPIRE League?


The Asian Science and Technology Pioneering Institutes of Research and Education (ASPIRE) League is a consortium of five leading universities in science and technology in Asia. It aims to form a hub for innovation in Asia through the advancement of science and technology and the development of human resources.

The ASPIRE League consists of the following five member universities :
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Tsinghua University
  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

The activities of the ASPIRE League are implemented both in a top-down manner, i.e., based on decisions of the Board of Vice Presidents, and in a bottom-up manner, i.e., initiated by each member university.

The ASPIRE League aims to realize its aims through the following activities and programs :
  • Research Collaboration

    Various forms of research collaboration are implemented, including academic symposia, workshops, joint research projects, and exchange of personnel and scientific information.

  • Student Exchange

    Student exchanges are carried out among member universities, aiming to foster young talent who will be able to tackle important issues in today’s global society.

  • ASPIRE League Educational Certificate

    The educational activities implemented by two or more member universities may be recognized as an ASPIRE League educational program, and certificates will be issued by the league to the participants.

  • Satellite Laboratories and Satellite Offices

    Member universities may establish a satellite laboratory and satellite office on their campuses. The satellite laboratory will be the core of research collaboration among member universities. The satellite office will conduct certain business activities of other member universities on their behalf.

KAIST Activities within the ASPIRE League


2012 ASPIRE With AVP Chang D. Yoo as the new ASPIRE chairman for the 2011-2012 term, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) organized the 2012 ASPIRE Forum at KAIST from July 11th - 13th. The 2012 ASPIRE Forum was organized through a series of presentations and discussions, including the 2012 ASPIRE Symposium, Vice Presidents and Senior Staff Meeting, and Student Workshops under the theme, “The Next Generation of Green Technology.” Member universities exchanged ideas about activities and methods of implementation under the framework of the ASPIRE League. This year, the students made presentations pertinent to the next generation of green technology to the vice presidents of member universities. At the vice presidents meeting,the discussion was specifically focused on stimulating cooperation, thereby creating national level, multi-lateral Collaborative projects among member universities. Ultimately, the consortium will plan and develop joint activities among the five member universities in order to form a hub for innovation in Asia through the advancement of science and technology and the development of human resources, thereby contributing to the realization of a sustainable world. Also, Tsinghua University volunteered to take on the responsibility of being the Chair University for the next two year term.

For more information, please visit http://www.ipo.titech.ac.jp/aspire/english

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ASPIRE E-Olympicse-Olympics


ASPIRE e-olympics

In August of 2014, KAIST was pleased to host the first-ever ASPIRE E-Olympics, a multicultural program that involved sporting events, friendly competition, and technical tours based on engineering, science, and research. It was the first ASPIRE League event to be student-planned and one of the first cultural exchange
activities among the member universities.

The ASPIRE E-Olympics served as a great opportunity for the member universities to secure international recognition and strengthen the promotion of Asia’s spirit, creativity, and excellence in the fields of science and engineering. Furthermore, the E-Olympics provided a platform for the participating students to understand each other’s culture and thoughts, thereby setting the stage for creating a brighter future for Asia.

The E-Olympics was first proposed by KAIST’s Associate Vice President of the International Office, Prof. Chang Dong Yoo during the 2013 ASPIRE Forum held at Tsinghua University. As the ASPIRE League’s first student-driven program, it aimed to promote competition and achieve harmony by exercising athletic prowess and intellectual acumen. Students of KAIST’s Undergraduate Student Council – Bureau of International Relations actively participated and planned the event in coordination with the International Relations Team and the Office of Student Affairs & Policy.

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Students participated in a variety of events: basketball, League of Legends tournament, a Dragon Boat race, a relay race, and a quiz showdown, as well as t;echnical tours to several of KAIST’s innovative laboratories, a student concert, a special lecture on the importance of global networking for successful entrepreneurship, and, of course, an award/closing ceremony. All participants demonstrated excellent teamwork, good sportsmanship, and mutual respect.

The results for the first ASPIRE E-Olympics are as follows:
  • 1st Place: Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • 2nd Place: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  • 3rd Place: Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech)
  • 4th Place: Tsinghua University
  • 5th Place: KAIST*
  • *As host of the ASPIRE E-Olympics, KAIST was excluded from the ranking results.
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