In 2015, Drexel University established a co-op research partnership with the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the National Nanofabrication Facility (NNFC). Undergraduate and graduate students from Drexel travel to Korea’s National NanoFab Center in Daejeon, South Korea annually for a three-to-six month co-operative learning experience in the center where many of country’s leading electronics manufacturers come to refine their designs. The international partnership, dubbed FIRST Nano2 Co-op Center, is funded by a grant from Korea’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation.
The international co-op partnership was selected from a competitive pool of applicants for the NRF’s Global Research Development Center program. It is funded by a $900,000 renewable annual grant that will support students from both institutions during the course of the year. The international center draws on the foundation of Drexel’s well-established co-op program, which annually places hundreds of students in experiential educational opportunities with employers and research institutions abroad.