BTCI is serving as the model for a program at Hannam University in Daejeon, Korea. On March 17, 2005, the Daeduk region (including Daejeon) dedicated its new BioVentureTown facility, declaring itself the "Biotechnopolis" of Korea. Immediately following this program, over two hundred guests joined Hannam University in celebrating the opening of its second campus, to be known as: Promega-Hannam BTCI (PH-BTCI).
Dr. Karin Borgh, the BTC Institute's Executive Director, joined this celebration, adding words of congratulation and noting how exciting it was to partner with Hannam University to develop BTC Institute programs in Korea. Dr. Borgh also visited Hannam in October of 2006 and October of 2010.
In May of 2010, Karin and the BTC Institute welcomed delegates from Hannam University. We were pleased to host Dr. Hyungtae Kim, President; Dr. Young Sung Suh, Dean of Global Relations; and Mr. Wonbae Kim, Director of the Center for International Relations during their visit to the Promega campus.
After completing her Ph.D. and becoming the director of PH-BTCI, Ji Yeon Oh spent 2 weeks at the BTC Institute in July of 2011 with a goal of directly experiencing our educational programs. She participated in "Core Techniques in Protein and Genetic Engineering", a graduate level Advanced Scientific Course offered for 2 credits in partnership with UW-Madison. She also took "Biotechnology: Beyond the Basics", a course designed for high school teachers which is also offered for graduate education credits through Viterbo University and Edgewood College.
In March, 2012, Dr. JinA Lim became the new director of PH-BTCI. Current activities include offering a biotechnology class on Saturday for elementary, middle and high school students during the school year and planning a summmer program related to the nature of scientific investigation for summer vacation in partnership with the Korea Basic Science Institute. Dr. Lim and her team just launched their new website.