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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.
People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what
they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It
- Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings