Research Division

The KICT has formed research clusters that reflect its multidisciplinary structure. Each research cluster carries out important, integrative research activities, often involving multiple departments. These clusters are each a matrix of expert activity strategically coordinated to respond to changes affecting the world today and advance R&D with real merit and global applicability through government projects and KICT-branded projects aimed at social issue management and future response. The KICT is creating an open research platform that will enable experts from around the world to join its research clusters via virtual reality technology.
The International Partnerships Cluster
The International Partnerships Cluster Research
engages in partnerships for global infrastructure development, using original core technologies in the fields of land, infrastructure and transport to resolve global issues through technical collaboration.

- Head of cluster: Park Jae-hyun, Department of Geotechnical Engineering Research
  • As a government-subsidized research entity, the KICT, in accordance with the Overseas Construction Promotion Act and the Framework Act on International Development Cooperation, systematically promotes overseas construction projects; supports Korean entities for the acquisition of overseas construction contracts; and supports SMBs in international business. Through these efforts, the cluster works to stimulate both the national economy and the global construction industry.
  • The International Partnerships Cluster systematically manages and operates official development assistance (ODA), project management consultancy (PMC), and capacity-building programs, and actively participates in international projects in emerging economies to improve project efficiency and promote project objectives.
  • Using original, core technologies, the International Partnerships Cluster: establishes local test beds; provides legal and construction support; exports and substantiates technologies developed in consideration of local conditions; partners with SMBs for joint entry into the global market; performs project management consultations (PMC) for projects of various sizes; conducts feasibility studies for overseas construction projects; and engages in capacity-building for local public officials.
  • The cluster utilizes its global networks to collaborate with beneficiary countries, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies, and international organizations. It plans, executes, and substantiates projects through global joint research and consultations to ensure the stability and progress of global partnerships and to help emerging economies advance and overcome obstacles.
Contribution to the KICT and Government Policies
  • Contribution to the KICT R&R: 1. Resolution of national and social issues with safe and reliable national land and transport technologies, 4. Resolution of global issues through global infrastructure development cooperation
  • Performance Objectives of the KICT Operation Plan: 4. Develop small, successful construction companies and engage in mutually beneficial global partnerships
  • Strategic Objectives of the KICT Research Plan: 3. Promote the balanced development of national territory and collaboration for global infrastructure development
  • KICT 2030 Mid- and Long-term Development Strategies: 4-❶ Support the infrastructure of emerging economies and develop technologies tailored to local conditions, 4-❷ Directly contribute to developing construction standards for emerging economies
VISION Inclusive and Mutually Beneficial Collaboration for Global Infrastructure Development
  • GOAL
    Promote infrastructure
    development for the global,
    cooperative development of
    construction technology
    • Goal 01 Strategic overseas cooperation
    • Goal 02 Mutually beneficial overseas cooperation
    • Goal 03 Advancement of overseas cooperation
  • Strategy
      • Application of the "K-Construction System" to emerging economies through the establishment and development of relevant strategies, policies, and systems
      • Creation and operation of a platform for the KICT's overseas network (Cultivation of a positive image of Korea, including in the areas of education and training)
      • Support for the development of specialized and advanced technologies and capacity building
      • Commercialization of the KICT's core technologies, discovery of package projects, and support to businesses for the winning of contracts
      • Enhanced cooperation between governments, management institutions, and private entities
      • Master plans, feasibility studies, official development assistance for the promotion of private investments and support for the bidding of overseas construction projects
      • Networking between international organizations and multilateral development banks (MDBs) to promote project participation and collaboration
      • Promotion of cooperation and solidarity between countries and organizations to achieve SDGs
      • Joint participation in Global Climate Action and other global social measures
  • Main task
    • System and policy support for emerging economies
      • Localization of the "K-Construction System" in emerging economies through the development of relevant strategies, policies, and systems
      • Creation of a platform for the KICT's international, cooperative networking (training, KICT partnership)
      • Support for specialized and advanced technology development, capacity enhancement
    • Specialized technologies customized for local governments
      • Commercialization of KICT core technologies, discovery of package projects, support for businesses for the winning of contracts
      • Enhanced cooperation between governments, agencies, and private entities
      • Master plans, feasibility studies, official development assistance for the promotion of private investments and support for the bidding of overseas construction projects
    • Development of future industries, alliance with SMBs for business abroad
      • Establishment of network for international organizations and multilateral development banks, project participation, and enhanced cooperation
      • Cooperation and solidarity between countries and organizations for the achievement of SDGs
      • Joint participation in Global Climate Action and other global social measures
    • Cultivation of human resources and capacity building
      • Resource donation and establishment of laboratories, testing facilities, and other construction infrastructure
      • Technology training tailored to the local conditions of emerging economies for the operation and management of base infrastructure
      • Cultivation of local expert human resources
      • Systemized establishment of a system for cultivating expert human resources
  • Output / Outcome
    • OUTPUT
      • Export of the K-Construction System in compliance with the legal standards of emerging economies
      • Advancement of KICT technologies into the global market
      • Overseas promotions, MOUs
      • Activities involving MDBs and international organizations
      • Creation of a platform for educating and training the public officials of emerging economies
      • Utilization of legal frameworks
      • Technology transfers
      • Sharing of technologies through specialists invited from other countries
      • Increased credibility for MDBs and other international organizations
      • Expertise enhancement of public officials in emerging economies through capacity-building programs
Major Areas of Research
  • Infrastructure, roads, railroads, airports
  • National territories, cities, construction
  • Water resources, rivers
  • Environment, energy
  • Seas, ports
  • Cultural heritages, cultural assets
  • Digital and Green New Deal ODA projects (smart city projects, etc.)
Major Areas of Expertise
  • Participation in the fields of construction, road and transport, structure, ground, water resources and rivers, and the environment
  • Official development assistance (ODA) for the government (pro bono support)
  • Major international partnership projects (5 large, mid-term overseas cooperation projects)
  • Government-initiated, knowledge-sharing programs for overseas cooperation, policy consultations, and capacity enhancement
  • Overseas market development, feasibility studies, master planning, and other government projects for international development
  • Projects requiring the participation of the International Partnerships Cluster (Big 4 projects for global infrastructure), cooperative development projects initiated by the governments and international organizations of emerging economies, and overseas cooperation projects initiated by private entities