The Institute of Urban Sciences was established in order to conduct research projects that deal with metropolitan issues such as urban planning, natural disasters, environmental degradation, and traffic problems. It holds several academic seminars annually and publishes the Journal of the Institute of Urban Sciences. It is composed of seven centers: Institute of Metropolitan Studies, Center for Environmental Engineering, Center for Environmental Design, Center for Design of Street Facilities, Center for GIS Research,Center for Transportation Research, and Center for Global Urban Research.
The Institute for Urban Humanities(IUH) was established in 1992. With interdisciplinary research on urban studies, the Institute provides theoretical framework for urban humanities and a humanistic vision for “Globalpolis,” the new urban community in the era of globalization. IUH also sponsors a series of colloquia and conferences concerning urban humanities, often in cross-cultural collaboration with other academic fields like sociology, geography and anthropology.
The institute, established in 1982, has been a leading center for research in the areas of industrial development and business administration. The institute facilitates close cooperation between the academia and the industrial sector and sponsors seminars twice a year and issues journals annually.
The Institute of Industrial Technology contributes to industrial development by carrying out creative research for the development of theory, for the application of engineering sciences to practical technologies, and for the collaboration between academia and industry. The Institute has three affiliated research centers: Nano-Science &Technology Center, Seoul Jewelry Research Center, and High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Center.
The Nano-Science &Technology was established in 2002 to carry out research projects and educate graduate students in modern nano-science &technology. The center is collaborating with the Nanoelectronic Devices laboratory of the Nano-Science &Technology department and the nano-structure application laboratory of the Physics department. Several research projects are in progress on the subjects of the nanoscale semiconductor transistor, nonvolatile memory, and semiconductor nano-dot formation for the optical devices. The center has a plan to extend the research area to IT-NT fusion technologies with other engineering departments such as departments of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science &Engineering, and Mechanical &Information Engineering in the near future.
Established in 2004, the non-profit Seoul Jewelry Research Center (SJRC) is Seoul's foremost authority in gemology and jewelry design. SJRC's mission is to ensure the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism through education, research, laboratory services, and instrument development to support fashion industry in Seoul.
High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Center emphasizes computational finance research, which is based on information &communication and finance technology. Our center's goal is to build a financial computing system using high-performance computing technology. Rresearch topics include financial applications, financial modeling, and financial computation.
The Institute of Information and Technology promotes the study of information and technology and collaboration among academia, industry, and laboratories, conferences and international cooperative research. The Laboratory of Equipment was established as an affiliated organization to carry out one of Korea's G-7 Projects, and has supported 21 projects so far. The Seoul GRID center, another affiliated organization, was established in 2002 to play the important role in Seoul's GRID project. The institute publishes an annual study on information and technology.
The Institute of Seoul Studies was established in 1993, on the 600th anniversary of the establishment of Seoul as the capital of Korea. Its objective is to rediscover and reinterpret the cultural and historical city of Seoul and to study it in systematic fashion. It aims to inspire the citizens of Seoul to support heritage and local research and bring about a spirit of community. With interdisciplinary research in urban history, geography, culture, nature, urbanism, architecture, economics, environmental studies, social sciences and various other fields related to the formation and growth of Seoul, the Institute of Seoul Studies provides guidance the intellee intellectual foundation for Seoul's development as a rich cultural city.
Department of Business Administration trains professionals who will work for the sustainable growth businesses through effective and efficient management. Through professional and practical business programs, the school provides students with basic expertise as future business managers and a solid sense of responsibility to larger social and ethical goals. In the rapidly changing business environment, the goal of the school is to produce professional managers capable of adaptive thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The graduates of the School of Business Administration work in personnel, finance, accounting, marketing, planning and other departments in private businesses, financial institutions, and government agencies.
The Seoul Institute for Transparency was established in 2000 to study corruption issues that obstruct economic and social justice in our society and to recommend anti-corruption policy alternatives. Its activities include research on corruption issues, collection of corruption-related data, networking with experts on transparency issues, international publicity for Seoul Metropolitan Government's OPEN System, and cooperation with nongovernmental organizations. The institute disseminates its research products through conferences, workshops, and the publication of reports and periodicals.
Tax Research Institute was established for research in tax policies for local, civic, and national governments. Its research is particularly focused on decentralized tax systems. Facing the many issues of public financing in local governments, it seeks to find alternative plans for tax reform in the national government, for moving national taxes to local governments, and for studying olutions that guarantee long-term revenue. Presently, the Tax Research Institute is pursuing research in the reorganization of real-estate taxes.
Since 1998, the Institute of Quantum Information Processing and Systems(iQUIPS) has been supported by the Creative Research Initiatives of the Korean government . iQUIPS is conducting both experimental and theoretical Research in quantum information processing and quantum computing. This field is of prime interest because it will have significant impact on electronics and computation, as it is expected to be a leading technology of future high-speed, high-density information-processing society. Our research staff includes two full-time faculty and ten post-doctoral fellows. They have published more than a hundred papers in major international journals and conferences so far.
The Law Research Institute, established in July 2007, aims to stimulate and support research on theories and practices of law, and to disseminate the findings to students, scholars, and the public at large. It also aims to promote social justice by providing counsel and suggestions to the Seoul Metropolitan Government.
It holds several academic symposiums annually and publishes the Seoul Law Review. It is composed of three centers: Center for Tax Law, Center for Metropolis and Law, and Center for Law-related Education for Citizens.
The ultimate goal of our institute is due to contribution of developing scientific technology and establishing national science and technology policy by conducting study research and inquiries for the growth of natural science fields.