Korea Polytechnics, Lotte Biologics Team Up to Nurture Bio Manpower
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Korea Polytechnics, Lotte Biologics Team Up to Nurture Bio Manpower
Nine institutions, including MOEL, join forces to solve manpower shortage

16(Thu), Nov, 2023

Acting Chairman Lim Chun-geon of Korea Polytechnics (KOPO). (Photo: KOPO)

Korea Polytechnics (KOPO), Lotte Biologics and the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL) struck an MOU on cooperation between industry and campus, Lotte Biologics said on Oct. 31. 

It is the first time Lotte Biologics has signed an MOU with an educational institution to foster bio manpower. 

Among those on hand at the signing ceremony held at KOPO’s Jeongsu campus in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, were MOEL Minister Lee Jung-sik, acting Chairman Lim Chun-geon of the Board of Directors, and officials from nine institutions, including Lotte Biologics, Protium Science, Kcell Biologics, Curocell, Prestigious Biologics, NGeneBio and ToolGen.

Dignitaries, including Minister Lee Jung-sik of the Ministry of Employment and Labor (MOEL), acting Chairman Lim Chun-geon of the Board of Directors at Korea Polytechnics (KOPO) and President Lee Won-jik of Lotte Biologics participate in a ceremony in which MOEL, KOPO and Lotte Biologics struck an MOU on cooperation between industry and campus to foster bio manpower at KOPO’s Jeongsu campus in Yongsan-gu, Seoul, on Oct. 31. (Photo: Yonhap News Agency)

Under the agreement, KOPO and the bio companies plan to nurture bio manpower by jointly developing educational training courses tailored to meet bio companies’ needs, offering educational and job opportunities for the elderly and women who has career breaks, as well as giving job a competency enhancement course to bio company officials. 

The deal is a win-win agreement designed to solve manpower shortages facing the bio industry in which KOPO is guaranteed for graduates’ landing of jobs, while bio companies can nurture outstanding construction manpower.

As part of the agreement, Lotte Biologics plans to develop a bio manpower education program to select KOPO’s excellent manpower, offer on-site education and practical exercise opportunities and hire them. 

The educational program will include core bio theory and practice subjects, such production, quality control and quality assurance, Good Manufacturing Practice, and validation and a systematic English immersion program will be also opened during all semesters. 

Both sides aim to launch an educational course starting 2-23 by fine-tuning details of the educational program.

Lotte Biologics President Lee Won-jik said, “The MOU is designed to not only contribute the development of the bio industry, but also give a little help in job creation and stabilizing employment, and it will serve as an important opportunity to narrow gaps between the education segment for nurturing manpower and industrial entities hiring manpower.”

MOEL Minister Lee said, “It is significant to create quality jobs in the new growth sectors, such as bio youth favor and nurture manpower armed with field capabilities, and the ministry will offer diverse support to be a bio technology power building a virtuous cycle of expanding opportunities for youth’s better jobs and improving productivity through hiring of excellent youth.”

KOPO Holds 7th Venture Startup Item Contest

Korea Polytechnics hosted the final session of the 7th Venture Startup Item Contest at KOPO’s Yeongnam Campus in Dong-gu, Daegu, on Nov. 1. 

The event took place with acting Chairman Lim Chun-geon of KOPO Board of Directors and Superintendent Kang Eun-hee of the Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education in attendance. 

The event brought together would-be startup businessmen from KOPO and senior high schools across the nation who came up with business visions with all imagination and possibilities. 

The finalist was awarded with 17.82 million won in money prize while 41 entries received MOEL minister’s prize and other awards. 

Acting Chairman Lim of KOPO Board of Directors, said, “It is important to obtain top experiences through new challenging rather than outcomes, and the contest will serve as foothold for future startups.” 

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