The University of Science and Technology is a group of public universities and research institutions in Seoul, Suwon, Changwon, Ansan, Seongnam and Daejeon, in South Korea. The UST was established in 2003 by Korea's government as the nation’s graduate school specializing in science and engineering education and research. The UST runs only a graduate school. It is one of the top science and technology universities in South Korea along with KAIST and POSTECH. Creating the new driving force for growth would play a major role in leading national growth in the 21st century. The South Korean government established the UST to produce professionals in the field of combined technologies, thought of as one of the most important criteria for creating the driving force for South Korea's national growth. Today, UST continues to develop itself into a major research university.