Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker: Dr. Sang Chul Park, Korea Polytechnic University, Korea 

Thursday, 18 May 2017, 9.15-9.45

Topic: East Asian Economic Miracle as Implications for East European Countries


Major three East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, and China have succeeded in rapid industrialization processes although China is still in an ongoing process with high economic growth. Japanese and Korean economic development cases are still regarded as economic miracle owing to their rapid reconstruction from the Second World War and the Korean Civil War. Other small East Asian tigers such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan belong also to this category although they did not experience the mass destruction.

Since the Fall of Berlin Wall in 1989, Eastern European nations such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary are in an economic transition period and have experienced high economic growth. Among these, Poland has been a core nation due to its economic size. In order to develop further, four Eastern European countries may need a development model. East Asian economic development experiences particularly Japanese and Korean cases could be one of the models.

About the keynote speaker:

Sang-Chul Park has received PhD degrees in political science in Aug. 1993 in Germany and economics in Feb. 1997 in Sweden. His dissertations discussed Technopolises in Japan. He also passed a habilitation examination (full professorship) in political science in Nov. 2002 in Germany as well as a docent evaluation (Swedish habilitation) in economics in Sep. 2004 in Sweden. He is currently a Full Professor at Graduate School of Knowledge based Technology and Energy, Korea Polytechnic University and Adjunct Professor at Center for Science-based Entrepreneurship, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea. He was also a Private Dozent at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany and Visiting Professor at Gothenburg University, Sweden. He served as Associate Professor at Gothenburg University, Sweden from 2001 to 2003 and as Associate Professor at Okayama University, Japan from 2003 to 2006. He also stayed as Visiting Professor at Fudan University, China in Sep. 2014 and as Visiting Scholar at Asian Development Bank Institute, Japan in Oct. 2014. His research interests concern industrial policy and regional development and studies on innovation systems and on science parks and innovative clusters in particular. Currently his research areas are expanded toward energy policy, sustainable development strategy, high technology ventures and international business and trade.

In addition, he is a member of editorial advisory board for Korea Observer (SSCI Journal) as well as a member of editorial review board for Journal of Small Business Management (JSBM) (SSCI Journal). In 2013, he became the editor of Asia Pacific Journal of EU Studies. In 2014 he also became a member of editorial board in International Journal of Innovation and Regional Development (IJIRD). In 2016 he serves as associate editor for International Journal of Management and Enterprise Development (IMED) (SCOPUS Journal) and a member of Managing Editorial Board in Australian & New Zealand Journal of European Studies.



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