Netherlands Embassy in Seoul, South Korea

Innovation, Technology & Science

Both Korea and the Netherlands are looking abroad for further progress. The Netherlands Network for Innovation, Technology and Science (NL-NITS) can help you to find the answer to your technology question about either the Netherlands or Korea.

Innovation, Technology and Science in the Netherlands

In 2014, Dutch researchers produced 7% of the EU scientific publications and hold 5% of its patents. This makes the Netherlands the number 3 patent filling country within the EU. Around 5,000 Dutch companies conduct their own research to develop new products and make production more efficient. The country’s six largest multinationals - Philips, Shell, Akzo Nobel, ASML, DSM, and Unilever - are at the forefront of industrial research and development. The Ministry of Economic Affairs actively encourages technological innovation with subsidies open to all companies in the Netherlands, regardless of the owners nationality.

Science and Technology in Korea

In Korea, the amount of money that has been spent on R&D has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years. In 2014, R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP was almost 5 percent, which is higher than major countries like Germany and the US. In 2015, Korea plans to spend 5% of its GDP on R&D. About 35% of all R&D-budget is in the IT sector. It has good result: Korea is number one on the Digital Opportunity Index of the ITU. 15% on the R&D-budget is spent on biotechnology and nanotechnology.

NL-NITS in the Royal Netherlands Embassy

Both Korea and the Netherlands are looking abroad for further progress. The S&T-office can help you to find the answer to your technology question about either the Netherlands or Korea. It can assist in finding the right technology partner. It can help you to provide that extra bit of needed information. Feel free to contact the S&T office.

Korean links

Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP), http://english.msip.go.kr/english/main/main.do

Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE), http://english.motie.go.kr/

Korea Institute for the Advancement of Technology (KIAT), http://www.kiat.or.kr/site/main/index/index002.jsp

National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), http://www.nrf.re.kr/nrf_eng_cms/

Dutch links

Ministry of Economic Affairs, https://www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-economic-affairs

Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, https://www.government.nl/ministries/ministry-of-education-culture-and-science

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, http://english.rvo.nl/

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), http://www.nwo.nl/en

NL-NITS, http://www.rvo.nl/onderwerpen/innovatief-ondernemen/topsectoren/ia-netwerk

Links to English documents:

2025 - Vision for Science choices for the future, https://www.government.nl/documents/reports/2014/12/08/2025-vision-for-science-choices-for-the-future

Investing in Top Sectors, https://www.government.nl/topics/entrepreneurship-and-innovation/contents/investing-in-top-sectors

Quality in Diversity, Strategic Agenda for Higher Education, Research and Science,

https://www.government.nl/binaries/government/documents/reports/2012/08/30/quality-in-diversity/2212-1025-qualityindiversity-web2.pdf

Science system in the Netherlands, https://www.government.nl/documents/leaflets/2012/04/17/the-science-system-in-the-netherlands

 

Contact

Mr. Peter Wijlhuizen, Senior Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science
Tel: + 82 2 311 8600 (ext 609)
Fax: + 82 2 311 8650
Email: pw@nost-korea.com

Mrs. Jeongeun Ha, Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science
Tel: +82 2 311 8600 (ext 623)
Email: jeha@nost-korea.com