The Advanced Materials Expert Mission travelled to South Korea in March 2018.


Innovate UK’s Global Missions Programme is one of its most important tools to support the UK’s Industrial Strategy’s ambition for the UK to be the international partner of choice for science and innovation. Global collaborations are crucial in meeting the Industrial Strategy’s Grand Challenges and will be further supported by the launch of a new International Research and Innovation Strategy. The Global Expert Missions, led by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), play an important role in building strategic partnerships, providing deep insight into the opportunities for UK innovation and shaping future programmes.


South Korea has been ranked first overall on the Bloomberg Global Innovation Index (GII) since 2013 1. In 2018, South Korea was first in patent activity, second in R&D intensity, second in value-added manufacturing and third in tertiary efficiency. By comparison, the UK ranked seventeenth on the same index, achieving fifteenth in patent activity, twentieth in R&D intensity, fortieth in value-added manufacturing and eighth in tertiary efficiency.



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The Advanced Materials Expert Mission travelled to South Korea in March 2018 and in the publication, KTN share the information and insights gathered during the delegation’s time there.

Read the latest Global Expert Mission Report “Advanced Materials in South Korea 2018” here.

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