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Korean National Defense University relocation done: ministry

All Headlines 14:47 September 25, 2017

SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Yonhap) -- The relocation of South Korea's state defense university to a city south of Seoul has been completed after a decade of administrative and construction works, the defense ministry said Monday.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo plans to host a ceremony Tuesday to mark the end of the Korean National Defense University's 62-year-long presence in Seoul and the opening of the new campus in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province.

More than 600 dignitaries and others are expected to attend the event to be held on the Nonsan campus adjacent to the local armed forces' Gyeryongdae military complex.

The new campus of South Korea's National Defense University in Nonsan, South Chungcheong Province, is seen in this file photo. (Yonhap)

The relocation project was launched in 2007 as part of the then Roh Moo-hyun administration's push for the "balanced growth" of the whole country, with a whopping 20 million population residing in Seoul and the nearby Gyeonggi Province.

The construction of the Nonsan campus, roughly 200 kilometers south of the capital, began on a 700,000-square-meter site in November 2014 at the cost of around 350 billion won (US$310 million).

The campus is expected to create more than 2,000 jobs in Nonsan and help promote the local economy.


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