Sogang University and The Boms Sign MOU
for the Establishment of Digital Agora Platform
with Korean American Associations of New York and Los Angeles
▲ (From the left) Jae-hyeong Han, CEO of The Boms, Jong Gou Park, President of Sogang University, Laura Jeon, president of KAFLA
Sogang University (president: Jong Gou Park) and its joint industrial-academic commercialization corporate body, The Boms (CEO: Han Jae-hyeong), signed an MOU with the Korean American Associations of New York and Los Angeles to establish a Digital Agora Platform and academic-industrial collaboration.
The agreements were concluded with the Korean American Association of Greater New York (KAAGNY, president Charles Yoon) on September 30 and with the Korean American Federation of Los Angeles (KAFLA, president Laura Jeon) on October 10. The signing ceremony took place in the president’s office of Sogang University.
* Joint industrial-academic commercialization corporation: a unique academic-industrial cooperation of Sogang University which enables a university and a company to commercialize technologies by merging university technologies, manpower, and resources with corporate business ideas. With the help of the established corporate body, common values are shared and distributed to both entities to co-exist and develop a mutually beneficial relationship.
* Digital Agora dedicated for Korean Americans: a mobile platform dedicated for Koreans living overseas to vitalize their economy and support their exchange of information and opinions in real time, with the help of the Korean Consulate Generals.
With these agreements, each entity will cooperate organically to build a Digital Agora Platform dedicated for the Korean American Associations of New York and Los Angeles and support one another to improve the Korean communities and promote substantial communication and collaboration.
To that end, Sogang University is planning to forge a working-level consultation group for academic-industrial cooperation and to proceed the Digital Agora Platform Project optimized for the ecosystem of Korean Americans through continuous consultation with KAAGNY and KAFLA. The establishment project is implemented by The Boms, Sogang University’s joint industrial-academic commercialization corporate body. The collaboration is expected to serve as a new model for substantial industry-university cooperation and collaboration with public institutions.
“Sogang University recognizes the necessity to connect Koreans living in foreign countries and their communication difficulties,” Sogang University president Jong Gou Park said. He added, “We believe that the Digital Agora Platform Project will serve as a foundation for excellent technology and research at the university, contributing not only to local society but also to the global Korean community.”
Before signing the MOUs, Sogang University and The Boms had visited embassies, expatriates, and Korean communities in foreign countries to interview since last April. The real problems afflicting them were analyzed based on the interviews. As the university-industry collaboration programs were formed on these efforts with focus on cooperation platforms, their impact is expected to be great.
Meanwhile, Sogang University has currently concluded an agreement to establish such a platform with the Korean Association in Myanmar as well, and consultations with Korean communities in Oceania and Europe are ongoing. The University is planning to expand the scope of university-industry collaboration globally to North America, South Asia, Europe, and Oceania through constant support for the platform.