The 19 January visit of Yoon Suk Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea, to ETH Zurich focused on Quantum Science.
National and international cooperationThe discussion that followed addressed the question of how universities, government agencies, and the private sector could promote quantum science. ETH Zurich professors Klaus Ensslin and Jonathan Home, as well as Director of IBM Research Zurich Alessandro Curioni, and Ambassador Jacques Ducrest from the State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation participated in the discussion.
They emphasised how quantum science, being one of the most complex technologies, requires a long-term perspective and how a great deal of expertise is needed on the part of both universities and industry. They said that this was why the cooperation between IBM and ETH Zurich, for example, has been so fruitful, and underlined how South Korea has excellent prerequisites given its universities and semiconductor industry.