The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) is a research-oriented university and the one of the prestigious school in the science and technology. GIST is located in Gwangju, South Korea. Also, GIST is the member of the schools of the union with respect to the research-oriented universities group consisting of GIST-KAIST-UNIST-POSTECH-DGIST
The Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) was established by the South Korean government in 1993 as a research-oriented graduate school to train highly skilled scientists and researchers, to create a strong research base for further development of advanced science and technology, and to promote collaborative foreign and domestic research programs within industry and academia. According to a 2012 news article in the Korea JoongAng Daily, "All classes are taught in English, and master’s and doctoral thesis are all written in English. Doctoral students only receive their degrees if they have published more than one work as the first author in scientific journals, encouraging them to be research leaders. And in 2001, GIST became the first Korean university to introduce a thesis quality certification [program], gaining attention from the science field and the media.