WISET GUIDE

About WISET

위셋 2대 소장 한화진

We SET the Future!
And support women in science,
engineering, and technology
for a brighter future.

Welcome to WISET! My name is Wha-Jin HAN, the second President of the Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology (WISET).

We are now living in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The keyword for this age of science, technology and innovation is “interconnection.” Connections and convergence between people, between people and nature, and between time and space should be promoted along with interdisciplinary networking to achieve creative innovation. This is what WISET has done and will continue in future.

WISET has facilitated connections between female students who dream of becoming scientists, as well as women in science, engineering, and technology in order to help them realize their dreams, enabling unemployed and career-interrupted women to land jobs, and establish local and global research networks for female experts on temporary contracts in need of R&D support. Moreover, we have acted as a policy communication link between the government and women in science, engineering, and technology.

WISET will more actively and comprehensively foster such programs. We are fully prepared to grow to become a global hub taking the lead in cultivating female human resources in science, engineering, and technology by setting up a policy framework to meet the needs of our time.

First, we will do our utmost to achieve the goals of the Third Basic Plan for Fostering and Supporting Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology to be completed by 2018. By doing so, we will actively contribute to achieving the national vision of ‘The Development of Science and Technology and Creative Economy Promoted by Both Genders.’
Second, we will make every effort to create new jobs via Gendered Innovations. Devising new job creation programs for the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and creating and disseminating job creation strategies that reflect the needs of women based on gender analyses, we will contribute to national development and the work-life balance of female scientists and engineers. Third, we will build and further develop cooperative networks with convergence areas at home and abroad including ‘science and technology’ and ‘humanities and social sciences.’
Collaborating with humanities/social sciences/environment/culture/ arts groups, international organizations, and global institutes for women in science, engineering, and technology, as well as science/technology-affiliated organizations, we will spare no effort to globalize the capabilities of Korean female scientists and engineers.

Last but not least, we will lay the foundation for WISET to grow to become a highly recognized global hub for female scientists and engineers. Cooperating with female scientists and engineers worldwide including in Asia and Europe, we will continuously publicize Korea’s laws and systems for women in science, engineering, and technology, as well as exemplary policies and differentiated results throughout the world. The aim is to develop WISET into an organization which people from many nations want to visit and be inspired by our model.

WISET acts as a venue for nurturing and supporting female talents seeking to make their dreams come true through science and technology. As it is predicted that women in science, engineering, and technology will assume bigger roles and responsibilities in future, the aspirations of WISET are also growing further. Women’s competitiveness and empowerment are deemed to be key pillars for scientific, technological, and economic development.

Let’s work together to create a better future! WISET will fully act as your dedicated partner in the process of fulfilling your hopes and dreams.

Wha-Jin HAN,President, Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Purpose of Establishment, and Key Functions

Purpose of Establishment

WISET was established with the aim of contributing to strengthening capabilities of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics(STEM) and building a strong scientific and technological bases by supporting and empowering them to fully realize their potentials and abilities in nationwide efforts

Key Functions

  • Accumulate, manage share, disseminate
    and publicize performance success

  • Support activities of women in STEM
    and related organization

  • Support women in STEM to gain
    employment or establish a business

A public agency for
fostering and utilizing
women in STEM

  • Support for fostering women in STEM, operating
    systems and conducting policy research

  • Plan, operate, manage and evaluate
    key supporting programs for women in STEM

  • Provide training and counseling
    services to women in STEM

Legal Basis

Article 14, Paragraph 1 of the Act on Fostering and Supporting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

Vision
The world's leading institution that fosters the value of women in science, engineering and technology who will take the lead in promoting science and technology-based economic growth
Becoming a global hub that plays a leading role in fostering and promoting women in science, engineering and technology
Strengthening its role and functions as a comprehensive supporting agency for women in science, engineering and technology Goals
Goals
Fulfilling the purpose of establishment and functions as a comprehensive supporting agency for women in science, engineering and technology
Laying the foundation for policy implementation and support that will present future visions for the wider utilization and participation of women in science. engineering and technology, reacting to changes of the times including the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Strengthening convergence/integration networks at home and abroad to maximize performances of operating support programs

4 Major Management Strategies

  • 01

    Expanding its pivotal roles in carrying out the Third Basic Plan for Fostering and Supporting Women in Science, Engineering and Technology

  • 02

    Establishing strategies for management model development in creating and expanding employment opportunities for women in science, engineering and technology in order to effectively prepare for future changes such as the Fourth Industrial Revolution

  • 03

    Laying the foundation for developing as a global hub by solidifying cooperation networks at home and abroad

  • 04

    Introducing stable organizational culture and innovational management system

The Act on Fostering and Supporting Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology was enacted in 2002. In 2004, based thereon, the National Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology was established and operated various programs for women in STEM. In 2011, Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology (WISET) was launched, integrating diverse projects for women in science, engineering, and technology (4W: WISE, WIST, Watch21, and WIE). In 2013, WISET was reborn as a comprehensive supporting agency to enhance independence and ensure long-term development of national policy project with the vision

- 2012
Now

2016

2016.04
(HAN Wha-Jin) Inaugurated as 2nd President of WISET

2014

2014.08
Seoul Job Center for Women in Science,
Engineering, and Technology opened/
WISET Academy expanded and relocated

2014.04
3rd Basic Plan for Fostering and Supporting Women in Science,
Engineering and Technology (2014 ~ 2018) launched

2014.01
WISET Academy opened

2013

2013.05
Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology Cooperatives
opened

2013.03
Korea Center for Science, Engineering, and Technology
relocated to Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul

2013.01
WISET established as a public agency

2012

2012.12
General Assembly initiated for promotion of the establishment of WISET as a public agency
[Ministry of Education, Science and Technology issued letter of approval for the establishment (Dec. 27, 2012)]

2001 -
2011

2011

2011.01
Establishment of the Center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (integrated center for 4W Programs)
(Director Heisook Lee, Ministry of Education and Science Technology)

2009

2009.11
Second Basic Plan for the “Act on Fostering and Supporting Women Scientists and Engineers”
(2009-2013, Ministry of Education and Science Technology)

2006

2006.01
Initiation of WIE Program
(Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development and Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy)

2004

2004.12
Establishment of WIST Center, commissioned with project management
(Director Gil-Ja Jhon, Ministry of Science and Technology)

2004.09
Initiation of WATCH21 Program (Soon Ja Choi, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy)

2004.07
First Basic Plan for the “Act on Fostering and Supporting Women Scientists and Engineers”
(2004-2006, Ministry of Science and Technology)

2002

2002.12
Legislation of the “Act on Fostering and Supporting Women Scientists and Engineers”

2001

2001.09
Initiation of WISE Program (Director Heisook Lee, Korea Science and Engineering Foundation)

Board of Directors Auditor President Management Planning Division Policy Implementation Division Team Team Management
Innovation
Start-up
Promotion
Planning&Budget Cooperation&PR Talent Development Policy Implementation
&Support
Career Return to
R&D Support
Academy SAEIL Center
(Seoul Job Center for
Women in STEM)
Academy