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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 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.
Various forms of research collaboration are implemented, including academic symposia, workshops, joint research projects, and exchange of personnel and scientific information.
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.
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.
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.
For more information, please visit http://www.ipo.titech.ac.jp/aspire/english
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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.
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.