WISET GUIDE

About WISET

위셋 3대 소장 안 혜 연

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

Greetings!

The interest in the development and utilization of female scientists and engineers has surged in recent years because the demand for a STEM-skilled workforce that powers national industries is increasing. I am happy to say that Korea is not an exception to this trend. The government has been pouring resources into the development of female scientists and engineers as it is one of its national development projects. This is in part due to the increased importance of female workforce than ever before, as low birth rate and rapid aging of the population brought about a noticeable decrease in the potential labor force. Moreover, such government efforts have been more important than ever for tackling significant under-representation of women in the STEM workforce. And, the digital revolution era has been requiring a sophisticated integration of advanced technologies and scientific thinking in all areas of industry, consequently leading to a high demand for women with sufficient STEM capabilities.

As a result of these needs and changes, the Korean government enacted the ACT ON FOSTERING AND SUPPORTING WOMEN SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS[1] in 2002 and has been establishing mid to long-term policy goals[2] every five years under this act. The “4th Basic Plan” that aims to “establish a society where the true potential of female scientists and engineers can be fully realized” has been in effect starting this year and will last until 2023. The Korea Center for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology (WISET) is a government-funded public institution that was founded as a result of the 2002 Act and that provides comprehensive support for female scientists and technicians.

WISET works on transforming Korea’s society into one where ① female scientists and engineers can readily develop their STEM capabilities that are in demand, ②the working and social environment does not have barriers to female participation in all areas of the industry and academia ③ the society realizes the value of the achievements of women in STEM which are essential for Korea’s innovation and productivity potential.


Under such circumstances, WISET has committed to pursuing the following three goals in this period.

First, WISET will further develop our support system for women scientists and engineers in their entire career paths. It is a three-stage customized support program, with stages being education stage, early-career stage, and career maintenance and development stage, that aims to facilitate women’s engagement into STEM and their retention and progression in science and technology fields. WISET will strategically facilitate the inflow of the female workforce into innovative industries and will invest in the diversification of careers relevant to new technologies.
We will make an effort to empower the female workforce with confidence in their roles amid rapid industrial changes by training them for leadership roles, preventing unwanted career interruptions, and assisting successful returns to workplaces.

Second, WISET will cultivate a culture that considers gender equality in STEM fields as a valuable asset. As receptivity and inclusion, diversity, and work-life balance are gaining unprecedented significance, globally gender equality in STEM fields represents very large zones of interest.
Yet, the roles and social status of female scientists and engineers in Korea are still in need of improvement to better follow this global trend, through ways, such as developing a conducive environment for gender equality and transforming cultural norms.
We believe that our sustainable development platform for female scientists and engineers can effectively assist this transition.

Third, WISET will systematically adopt global standards for gender equality as we expand communication networks and interactions with other countries and international organizations.
By creating an ecosystem where female scientists and engineers can fully voice their ideas and realize their potential in classrooms to corporations and communities, we hope to contribute to the advancement of Korea’s national competitiveness in Science and Technology.

Thank you.

April 17, 2019
Ahn Hye-yeon,3rd President of WISET

Mission Statement

To empower every woman in STEM
to demonstrate their talents and abilities
while themselves dedicating to social values.

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 institution 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

2017

2017.01
WISET appointed as a public institution

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 non-profit corporation

2012

2012.12
General Assembly initiated for promotion of the establishment of WISET as a non-profit corporation
[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