The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) recently signed a contract with Leonardo da Vinci University (PULV) of Graduate School of Engineering (ESILV) in France to promote student exchanges.
Leonardo da Vinci University was founded in 1995 in Radefangs, France. It is divided into business schools, engineering schools and IT-related departments, and Leonardo da Vinci College of Technology is classified as the Grandes écoles.
Grandes écoles refers to an educational institution with France's unique high-quality professional skills. It selects a few elite students through rigorous selection process and cultivate the elite of French society through top-notch education in each field.
In January this year, Leonardo da Vinci University's director of international cooperation and the head of the engineering college visited GIST to discuss matters that could work together, and mutually agreed to promote exchange student programs as well as research cooperation.
"We hope the agreement will serve as an important opportunity to strengthen global competitiveness by promoting student exchanges and international joint research between the two organizations, and we hope it will have a positive impact on the promotion of human exchanges and technical cooperation between Korea and France," said GIST President Kim Ki-su.