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By on January 24, 2019

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)




Sungkyunkwan University – Natural Sciences Campus: 2066, Seobu-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea, (16419)

+82 31 290 7575

Official Focal Point
Prof. Donyun Kim

Alternate Focal Point
Prof. Saehyung Sohn

Authority approving the partnership
Smart Green City Lab, Prof. Donyun kim, Director of Smart Green City Lab



Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), established in 1398, aims to become a world leading university while succeeding the old Sungkyunkwan’s traditions and legacy and sharing ‘new values from old’ on the basis of its world-class research and education capabilities.
– As a partner university of the Samsung, SKKU takes the lead in convergence education by establishing specialized programs such as Samsung Convergence S/W Course, Multi-disciplinary Informatics Course, Department of Energy Science, etc. in order for future industries.
– World-class research infrastructure such as research, education, and practice-oriented programs through domestic and international cooperation
– Global creative education system such as multi-disciplinary convergence education and 3S program for start-up incubation to foster creative problem-solving skills
– Global exchange with a total of 3,300 students a year through an exchange agreement with 900 universities and institutions in over 80 countries including Harvard, Oxford and Beijing Universities
– World university ranking: THE World University Rankings 82nd (2019), THE Asia University Rankings 13th (2019), Reuters World’s Most Innovative Universities 39th (2019), Reuters Asia Pacific Region’s Most Innovative Universities 8th (2019)

SKKU was selected as a government-run educational institution of Smart City. In this regard, it established the Department of Future Urban Convergence Engineering in 2009 and Smart Green City Lab in 2011 for the purpose of “sustainable city” and “sound growth”.

Smart Green City Lab has been conducting a number of national policy research and R&D in cooperation with major cities in Korea and other countries. As a cooperative research institute of UN-Habitat, it is continuously carrying out joint research projects for smart urbanization of developing countries e.g. DaNang, Vietnam.

Entitled to the UN SDG 11 leading university based on these experiences, it is actively implementing education and research activities to achieve the goal of Sustainable City and Community.

In 2017, it co-hosted the first “YOUTH WEEK” in Korea together with UN-Habitat Youth Unit. It keeps its contribution as a major partner organization of the Unit.

Key research experience

Smart Green City Lab integrates humanities and social sciences and natural sciences pivoted in Smart City. It carries out both sectoral research and multi-disciplinary research on urban space, lifestyle, industry and governance and so on for the sake of sustainable future value creation.

– Research for knowledge-based industry research including planning, project management, engineering, design, construction, etc. based on its research and master-planning capacities
– Integrated design for Smart Green City through multi-disciplinary research
– 10 years of experience for national government-funded research such as Low carbon city and green index, Smart urban facility management, etc.

Smart Green City Lab shares its academic achievements in the whole process of Smart City education and research therefore, provides opportunities for future industrial development and new value creation.
– It provides the linkage between education and research programs to practical test-beds and living-labs for hands-on experience and demonstration.
– Application and demonstration of R&D outputs with established research verification system in terms of planning, technology, infrastructure, policy and institutional system and service of Smart City for long-term development
– Communication system among governments, private companies and citizens in order to demonstrate Smart City research outputs and respond to actual demand (in progress in several projects such as Seoul Sangam Digital Media City, Yongsan Urban Regeneration, etc.)

Smart Green City Lab exchanges its knowledge and experience with a lot of international institutions including UN, UN-Habitat, Seoul Institute, Tsinghua University in China, Danang Institute for Social Economic Development in Vietnam.

Suggested Collaboration Opportunities
SKKU’s Smart Green City Lab, taking the initiative in creating the Smart City education and research platform with its diverse experiences in smart city related fields, to realize New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals to make urban and residential environments safe, inclusive and sustainable through smart city knowledge sharing.

Approach for Education and Research

It realizes the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goal by strengthening capacities in smart city relevant fields and creating new value by integrating human, social and natural sciences as well as city.

It utilizes SKKU’s international network for a smart city knowledge sharing platform, focusing on the close relationship between UN-Habitat and SKKU Smart Green City Lab.

It shares Smart Green City Lab’s academic achievements in the whole process of Smart City education and research therefore, provides opportunities for future industrial development and new value creation.

It provides the linkage between Smart Green City Lab’s accumulated and ongoing research activities in connection with global issues pursued by the UN and cooperate with UN partners in the form of research platform and network.

In addition, it provides the linkage between the results of the research activities to practical test-beds and living-labs for hands-on experience and demonstration

Areas of Expertise related to UN-Habitat
  • Youth
  • Social Inclusion
  • Safety
  • Resilience
  • Planning and Design
  • Land
  • Information and Monitoring
  • Housing
  • Governance
  • Environment
  • Energy
  • Climate Change
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