Hanbat National University Leaders Learn from JHU
Six Hanbat National University faculty and staff members visited Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus eager for insight into how the campus balances and integrates teaching graduate students, offering community programs and serving as a home for innovative research companies.
Hanbat National, located in South Korea, offers undergraduate and graduate programs, with a heavy emphasis on engineering. The university has an incubator on campus and is running an entrepreneurship program.
The Hanbat National group was visiting Montgomery County to attend the Korea-Maryland USA Bio Expo at the Universities at Shady Grove. They made a point to take a break from the expo to visit Johns Hopkins.
“We want to see how you are doing, what we can learn from you,” said Dr. Byoung Wook Choi, a professor in Hanbat National’s department of chemical and biological engineering. “How you support your companies is similar. The community outreach program, we don’t have that. And our continuing education program is separate. We want to see how you connect them.”
Approximately 35 companies are located at the Montgomery County Campus. Companies focus on disease research, cell therapy, proteins, medical devices, gene research, mental health services, consulting services, pharmaceuticals and information technology.
Five companies have ties to Korea: HPI; Innovcell; LnJ Investment; MEDIPOST; and TissueGene.
During the Korean delegation’s tour of campus, they spoke with a representative from Innovcell about working in the United States; talked with Steve Linberg, who has had companies on the campus; and met with a representative from TruBios, which does extensive research in Latin America.
Sang-Mo Shin, director of the Applied Life Science R&D Center at Hanbat National, wants to expand his venture start-up company to the United States.
“We have to be here because this is the market for technologies and products,” he said. “Maryland is the best place because NIH is here.”
In 2010, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Hanbat National to promote student exchanges, academic cooperation and research collaboration.