Analysis of sustainability in materials education and research in Korea

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This study provides comprehensive data on sustainable education and research in Korea. Engineering courses offered in Korea have been analysed and categorised with relations to sustainability. A total of 608 sustainability courses were available and the majority of the sustainability courses were concentrated in the area of environment and energy subgroups (78.2%). Major research oriented universities with emphasis in sustainability research had sustainability related courses far below the average, which suggested a disparity between research and education. An analysis of the research articles in journals from the Web of Science resulted in the identification of 12 323 keywords related to sustainability in metals and materials. The USA and Germany had the highest percentage in both absolute numbers and per capita and a significant growth was observed in Korea. From the centrality analysis of keywords, much of the sustainability research in metals and materials seem to be scattered and collaborative efforts are not widespread.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalTransactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, Section C: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Apr 3

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper is part of a special issue on Sustainability, waste processing and secondary resources. This study was partially supported by the Brain Korea 21 PLUS (BK21 PLUS) Project at the Division of the Eco-Humantronics Information Materials. Additional support was provided by the Energy Efficiency and Resources Core Technology Program of Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea (20132520000030).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and The AusIMM Published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the Institute and The AusIMM.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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