skip to contents.

Research Activities

Research Projects

FY 2008/2009 Research Topic: 4-27
Engineers as Engines of Industrial Development


This project attempts to argue engineers’ roles in industrial development of East Asian countries. The following two issues will be examined. The first issue is educational systems, higher education of engineering in particular. It is necessary to illustrate characteristics, level and quantity of engineers which each country’s educational system supplies. The second issue is the engineers’ activities in various industries. Their industrial activities have two intricate spheres. On the one hand, the industrial activities are chances of learning through which the engineers can continue to increase their capabilities. More importantly, some of engineers transform themselves into entrepreneurs absorbing knowledge and catching chances within their jobs, which brings in creation of new industries and change of industrial structure. Industrial activities, on the other hand, are places where the engineers exercise their capabilities. Whether the industrial system is able to make the most of the engineers’ capabilities should be explored.
This project argues engineers’ roles in Korea, Taiwan and China, but we also consider extending our research to other countries.


Members of the Research Project