Information Access Centers
Information Access Centers (IACs), overseen by Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (MSIP) and executed by National Information Society Agency (NIA), offer an infrastructure with better access and opportunity to use IT for the general public in the partner countries, thus contributing to the improvement of the information based environment.
Around 4 countries with strong potential for national IT development through bilateral cooperation are selected annually as IAC sites. Each Center contains a training lab, an internet lounge, a seminar room, and an administrative office, which together make a comprehensive IT facility equipped with the newest PCs, A/Vs, O/As. etc.
The beneficiary government is responsible for providing the venue at which the Center is to be located, investing on the general construction costs, and operating and managing the Center. In addition to establishing the Center, the Korean government also renovates the IAC every 4 years by replacing the obsolete hardware and software equipment with new equipment. In order to reflect and meet the needs of the beneficiary country, each Center is designed after a thorough field study. Exemplary models are as follows :
(1) (Capacity Building Type) The center will develop mid or long-term curriculums and run the courses to foster ICT specialists and provide high quality education to users of IAC;
(2) (Business Linkage Type) The center will provide the facilities of the IAC for people interested in start-ups related to ICT.
Since 2002, 50 IACs have been established at 45 countries, allowing public access and IT training to 11 million local residents.
All local operators are trained in Korea in order to incorporate knowledge gained through human and technology exchanges.
The Centers function as the hub for training, seminars, conferences, coordinated by both local and Korean organizations.
Equipment of IAC
Annual IAC Establishment