- IBM and Universities from South Korea, the United States, and Japan Declare 'Quantum Computing Education Collaboration' December 19, 2023
Aiming to Train 40,000 Students in the Next Decade, Fostering the Global Quantum Computing Ecosystem
[Photo 1: IBM Quantum System One, provided by IBM]
On December 14th, our university, along with Seoul National University, jointly announced a declaration for 'Quantum Computing Education Collaboration' with IBM and universities from South Korea, the United States, and Japan. Participating in this collaborative declaration were our university, Seoul National University, Keio University, Tokyo University from Japan, and the University of Chicago from the United States.
The event took place both in-person and virtually, with key figures including Kim Dong-hoon, Senior Vice President for Administration and Development, Rahm Emanuel, U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Yun Duk-min, South Korea Ambassador to Japan, Darío Gil, Senior Vice President and Director of IBM Research, Ryu Hong Lim, the President of Seoul National University, Teruo Fujii, the President of Tokyo University, Kohei Itoh, the President of Keio University, and Paul Alivisatos, the President of the University of Chicago.
The declaration outlines IBM's commitment to leveraging industry-leading quantum education materials to support quantum education activities at participating universities in the three countries. The primary goal is to nurture over 40,000 quantum professionals over the next decade, contributing to the activation of the global quantum ecosystem.
Quantum computing, based on the principles of quantum mechanics, utilizes logical operations to solve problems that were previously unattainable through traditional supercomputing methods. This includes simulating natural phenomena and handling complex data. The potential applications span a wide range of industries, including security, finance, artificial intelligence, logistics, aviation, energy, pharmaceuticals, and beyond.
[Photo 2. Conceptual Rendering of the Quantum Computing Cluster at the Songdo International Campus]
In a pioneering move to lead these transformations, our university plans to introduce IBM's cutting-edge quantum computer, the 127-qubit 'Eagle' processor-based IBM Quantum System One, to the International Campus in 2024. With the installation of this quantum computer, South Korea will become the world's fifth country to possess quantum computing capabilities, following the United States, Germany, Japan, and Canada.
Our university aims to establish itself as a domestic quantum hub through the IBM Quantum System One, playing a key role in fostering a quantum computing industry ecosystem that encompasses academia, research, industry, healthcare, and government.
President Suh Seoung Hwan expressed his delight, stating, "I am thrilled to collaborate with IBM, a global leader in quantum computing, and universities from the trilateral partnership of South Korea, the United States, and Japan in advancing quantum education. Through this collaboration, we anticipate making significant contributions to cultivating quantum experts and activating related research, thereby contributing significantly to the establishment of a robust domestic and international quantum computing ecosystem.