IonQ Signs Agreement with South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT to Cultivate Regional Quantum Computing Ecosystem

  • IonQ Signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to Support Education, Training and Leadership Expansion Program for Quantum Industry Academics and Professionals in South Korea

COLLEGE PARK, Md. & SEOUL, South Korea, June 29, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), a leader in quantum computing, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Korea’s Ministry of Information and Communication Science and Technology South to educate quantum science and technology professionals, and promote the establishment of a local quantum ecosystem. The MoU reflects the two sides’ agreement to cooperate with each other in supporting South Korea’s vibrant and growing quantum computing industry.

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South Korea’s Minister of Science and ICT Lee Jong-ho and Jungsang Kim, co-founder and CTO of IonQ, signed a memorandum of understanding at Quantum Korea 2023 on June 27, 2023 to promote the local quantum industry (Photo: Business Wire)

The MOU aims to leverage IonQ’s resources and experience to operate an education, training and leadership expansion program to support masters and doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and quantum industry professionals in South Korea.

The MOU was signed on June 27 at Quantum Korea 2023 hosted by the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT in Seoul. Leading global quantum innovators gathered at the event, where IonQ showcased its quantum technology and achievements, its top performing quantum computer, the IonQ Forte, and recent achievements demonstrating applications in quantum machine learning.

“To foster the growth of their local quantum computing ecosystems, national and regional governments need to engage with industry partners who have deep industry knowledge,” Kim said. “Through this agreement with the Ministry of Science and ICT, we are honored to take part in the development of quantum science and technology professionals and the preparation of South Korea’s quantum industry infrastructure. We hope to be able to contribute to the vision of the country to become a quantum-centric global economy by 2030 by providing practical support, such as an education, training and leadership expansion program using IonQ’s specialized quantum computing expertise and resources.”

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About IonQ

IonQ, Inc. is a leader in quantum computing, with a proven track record of innovation and implementation. IonQ’s current generation quantum computer, the IonQ Forte, is the latest in a line of cutting-edge systems, boasting an industry-leading 29 algorithmic qubits. Along with record-breaking performance, IonQ has defined what it believes is the best path to scalability.

IonQ is the only company with its quantum systems available through the cloud on Amazon Braket, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, as well as through direct access to APIs. IonQ was founded in 2015 by Dr. Christopher Monroe and Dr. Jungsang Kim based on 25 years of pioneering research. To learn more, visit

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