A Historic Partnership
for Unparalleled Outcomes


In 2022, NYU (New York University) and KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) formed a historic partnership, combining the distinctive strengths of both universities to drive advances in research and education, forge new industrial collaborations and investments, and lay the groundwork for a joint presence in New York City. The two institutions formally announced the partnership in September 2022 at ceremonies featuring the President of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol, and New York City Mayor Eric Adams.


In September 2023, His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol returned to NYU’s campus to announce an MOU on the Establishment of the AI & Digital Business Partnership between the Korean Institutions and NYU. The objective of the MOU is to foster promising businesses in the AI and digital fields and to conduct world-class AI research. President Yoon was joined by the Honorable Maria Torres Springer, Deputy Mayor of New York City; the Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director of the National Science Foundation; Linda G. Mills, NYU President; Professor Yann LeCun, Meta Chief AI Scientist & NYU Center for Data Science & Courant Institute; and Joon-hee Cho, President of the Korea Software Industry Association.

Following the keynote addresses and this announcement, a panel discussion with leading thinkers on AI and Digital Governance was convened. Opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Jong-Ho Lee, ROK Minister of Science & ICT, and by Dr. Kwang Hyung Lee, President of KAIST. The panel was moderated by Professor S. Matthew Liao, Director for The Center for Bioethics at the NYU School of Global Public Health.

Research &

By bringing together leading researchers and talented students, as well as government and industry partners, NYU and KAIST are creating a new, cross-continental nexus of innovation, discovery, and entrepreneurship.


NYU and KAIST are developing a range of dual- and joint-degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels along with study away and exchange opportunities.

Recent Highlights

On March 6, 2024, Consul General Euy Whan Kim of New York hosted NYU President Linda G. Mills at his official residence for a dinner and discussions on enhancing cooperation in education and human exchange based on the partnership between KAIST and New York University.