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First university founded by two Koreas to open in Pyongyang next week
SHENYANG, China, Oct. 22 (Yonhap) -- The first university founded jointly by South and North Korea is scheduled to open next week in Pyongyang, a school official said Friday.

   The project to build Pyongyang University of Science and Technology was launched in 2001 after the two countries' governments approved a South Korean nonprofit organization to participate in it. The university's stated aim is to promote reconciliation and prosperity among the Korean people, separated since the 1950-53 Korean war, and "help North Korea develop the necessary economic and intellectual infrastructure to function as a member of the international community," according to its Web site.

   "All the facilities and staff are ready, and we will officially open (next Monday)," said James Chin-kyung Kim, the school's founding president and co-chairman. Kim, a U.S. citizen, also founded the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in the Chinese city of Yanji, a major Korean-Chinese population center.

   "In time for the opening, 17 foreign professors will fly to Pyongyang from Shenyang (on Saturday). These professors come from the U.S. and Europe," he said.

   South Korean staff will also be able to teach, starting next semester, according to the school.

   Instruction will be in English, and 160 students have been selected for the school's undergraduate and master's degree courses in agriculture, information and communication technology, and industry and management. Forty doctorate-level students began studying with four foreign academics in the summer.

   The university plans to increase the number of students to 500 and open more departments to teach architecture, engineering, construction and public health care.

   hague@yna.co.kr
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