IonQ, South Korea govt join forces to develop quantum science professionals


In an ambitious move to cultivate quantum science and technology professionals, IonQ, an industry frontrunner in quantum computing based in the US, has joined forces with South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT (Information and Communications Technology).

The two parties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that sets out their shared intent to bolster South Korea’s thriving quantum computing sector and create a local quantum ecosystem.

The MOU represents a commitment to tap into IonQ’s wealth of resources and experience in the field of quantum computing. The goal is to implement an education, training, and leadership development program that caters to the needs of South Korea’s masters and doctorate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professionals in the quantum industry.

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The signing of the MOU took place on June 27th at Quantum Korea 2023, an event hosted by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT in Seoul. The event attracted leading global quantum innovators, where IonQ showcased its latest technology and achievements, including its high-performing quantum computer, IonQ Forte, and its recent advancements in the field of quantum machine learning.

IonQ collaborates with South Korean Ministry to nurture quantum computing talent

IonQ collaborates with South Korean Ministry to nurture quantum computing talent. Photo courtesy of IonQ, Inc.

Jungsang Kim — IonQ co-founder and CTO said: “To promote the growth of their local quantum computing ecosystems, national and regional governments need to engage with industry partners who have deep understandings of the field.

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“Through this agreement with the Ministry of Science and ICT, we are honored to take part in developing quantum science and technology professionals and preparing South Korea’s quantum industry infrastructure.

“We hope we can contribute to the country’s vision of becoming a global quantum-centered economy by 2030 by providing practical support, such as an education, training, and leadership expansion program utilizing IonQ’s specialized quantum computing resources and experience.”

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The IonQ Forte, IonQ’s current generation quantum computer, is a part of a series of cutting-edge systems, leading the industry with 29 algorithmic qubits. As the only company with quantum systems available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, as well as through direct API access, IonQ continues to prove its leadership in the quantum computing industry.

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