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Welcome to Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants."

It is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants (GCRC-SOP) in Pusan National University.

GCRC-SOP was launched in September 2011 by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning(present, Ministry of Science, ICT) and National Research Foundation in Korea to promote world-class research groups.

GCRC-SOP, one of only two global core research centers selected in science and engineering fields, is carrying out basic and applied research projects and training engineers to strengthen technological competitiveness in Korea ship building and offshore plant industries. Korea government, industries, Pusan National University, and local government provide annual budget of about seven million dollars for ten years.

The main researchers of GCRC-SOP are composed of researchers from the former Advanced Ship Engineering Research Center (ASERC) of the Pusan National University, which developed high performance ship design technologies, and international experts in the fields of mechanical engineering, material science, chemistry, energy, and information technology for the development of multidisciplinary fusion technology that is required for ship building and offshore plant industries.

Our naval architecture and ocean engineering industry had achieved the top position in the world with the 70 years devotion and wisdom of many people in the harsh environment after the World War II. It was Korea's leading industry that overcame the IMF foreign exchange crisis in 1997 and the global financial crisis in 2008. However, the industry is currently having a difficult time due to global recession and falling oil prices.

All researchers at GCRC-SOP including me will make every effort to overcome the trouble by developing the next generation technology and training engineers needed to get over the crisis and enhance industrial competitiveness.

Finally, I would like to express my deep gratitude to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, the Korea Research Foundation, Busan Metropolitan City, Pusan National University, and peoples related to naval architecture and ocean engineering for their support and advice for GCRC-SOP. We are looking forward to your continued support and cooperation.


Thank you.


Director of Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants
Prof. Dae-Seung Cho, Ph. D.
     
Global Core Research Center for Ships and offshore Plants Busan daehak-ro 63beon-gil, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 Korea
TEL : 051)510-3666 / FAX : 051)581-3718 / E-mail : gcrcsop@pusan.ac.kr
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