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Innovation Centre Denmark in Seoul

Innovation Centre Denmark in Seoul gives Danish companies, researchers and students access to the Asian powerhouse of research and innovation in South Korea.

Growth economy focusing on research and education

South Korea is the 14th largest economy in the world, where growth and innovation are created through hard work in close cooperation between state, private business and the research environment.

Meanwhile South Korea invests more in research and development than any other country in the world, amounting to 3.7 percent of GDP in 2013. Especially within areas where Denmark is also a strong contender – for example green energy. This creates great potential for synergy between Danish and Korean authorities, research institutions and companies.

South Korea pursues a proactive free trade policy, consisting of entering into free trade agreements with strategically selected partners. EU has a free trade agreement with South Korea which came into force in July 2011.

Education is a major focus for South Korea. There is a good potential for attraction of South Korean students to Denmark - even with barriers in the form of high Danish costs of living, the language and a lack of familiarity with Danish institutions of higher education.

It is particularly the creative areas (such as design and architecture) as well as Danish positions of strength in research and development (biotechnology and climate-, energy- and environmental technology) that has potential for attracting talented South Korean students.

Collaboration on research, innovation and education

Denmark and the Republic of South Korea have a bilateral agreement on research, innovation and education. The agreement is kept in Denmark by the Danish Agency for Higher Education and Science (DAFSHE) and in Korea by Korean Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT).

DAFSHE supports research in Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) through joint Danish-Korean calls with KIAT in the Eurostars programme.

The bilateral agreements between the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and South Korean actors are negotiated through the innovation attaché.

Attaché in Seoul


In a short while the new innovation attaché will be presented.

Phone: +82 2 795 4187 (410)