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N.K. leader orders Kim Il Sung Univ. to receive many foreign students

All News 11:30 September 30, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has instructed the country's top university to regularly hold international academic symposiums and attract as many foreign students as possible to demonstrate its fame to the world, state-run media reported Friday.

Kim made the instruction in his Tuesday letter sent to the faculty and students of Kim Il Sung University on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said. The university, set up in Pyongyang in 1946, was named after the North's founder and grandfather of the current leader Kim Jong-un.

Seen here are stamps displayed at an exhibition in Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang on Set. 21, 2016, to mark the university's 70th anniversary. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (KCNA-Yonhap)

"The university should receive a lot of foreign students so that they may study not only the Korean language but also get education in regular and doctoral courses in departments of various majors," Kim said.

He emphasized that the university regularly organizes international seminars and expands joint studies with authoritative colleges and research institutes in foreign nations.

He also stressed that the university write quality academic papers that can be presented at international symposiums and in international papers, and develop its Kim Ilsung University Gazette into a world-famous academic magazine.

"The field of natural science should make a positive contribution to solving urgent scientific and technological problems arising in developing the national economy and bolstering the defense capabilities," he added.

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