Visit of the President of the Republic of Korea to ETH Zurich

President Yoon Suk Yeol looks at Einstein’s student record
President Yoon Suk Yeol looks at Einstein’s student record
The 19 January visit of Yoon Suk Yeol, President of the Republic of Korea, to ETH Zurich focused on Quantum Science.

National and international cooperation

The 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.

Yoon Suk Yeol expressed his appreciation for the inspiring insights and emphasised his interest in further exchanges with ETH Zurich, which he described as a premier institution in the field. He ended his speech with an appeal, "Share your knowledge and share your experience, so that we can further develop this technology together."
Roland Baumann