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North Korean Private University Seeking Cooperation with Texas A&M
The leaders of
the only private university in North Korea asked Texas A&M
University, known for its agricultural economics and public health
programs, for help on Monday in teaching subjects such as how to grow
food in a land of chronic shortages.The
Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) was founded by
evangelical Christians and opened in 2010, with students generally the
children of the country's elite. A PUST delegation visiting the school
said the help is not about politics but about using academics for
humanitarian ideals."There is no
school like this in North Korea," Yu-Taik Chon, executive vice
president of the university in the North Korean capital, told Texas
A&M officials, adding PUST can open a door to the outside world for
the future leaders of the reclusive state.