By Lee Haye-ah
SEOUL, Jan. 25 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk Yeol on Thursday named a Seoul National University (SNU) professor as his inaugural senior secretary for science and technology, his office said.
Park Sang-ook, a professor of the Department of Science Studies at SNU, will assume the newly created position, bringing the total number of senior presidential secretaries to six.
“Not only is he well-versed in both theory and practice, he also has deep policy insight and is committed to reforming the R&D system,” presidential chief of staff Lee Kwan-sup said during a press briefing.
“We expect him to preemptively identify areas of investment in critical technologies and R&D, which will determine the competitiveness of the future Republic of Korea, and coordinate the various policies to effectively support it,” he said.
Speaking at the same press briefing, Park said he will work to develop the country’s capabilities in strategic technologies, such as artificial intelligence, quantum and bio.
“I will do my best to upgrade our science and technology innovation ecosystem to that of leading and advanced nations,” he said.
Four secretaries will be placed under Park, each handling R&D policy, digital technology, bio and medical science, and future strategic technologies.