The Pyongyang University of Science and Technology enrolled an additional 100 students at the start of the current academic semester, according to a foundation that supports the school.
The first classes at PUST began in October 2010 with 160 students enrolled, said reports at the time. The latest intake will take the student body to 260 members, assuming none of the initial students has dropped out.
That’s pretty small for a university, but PUST isn’t interesting for the number of students. The school has raised heads because of its unusual backing and plans.
The university is a sister establishment of the Yanbian University of Science and Technology in China and was founded by a group of evangelical Christians based in South Korea and the U.S.
Perhaps even more radical is the curriculum and teaching plans.
After beginning with English classes in October, March was supposed to see a fuller course of information technology, business management and agriculture. Some of the lecturers at the school come from overseas, the language of instruction is English, and students will have accessed to the Internet, albeit a censored version, according to claims from the university’s backers.
The university is looking for faculty volunteers to help out of one month of more. If you’re interested in getting involved with the university, check the YUST/PUST Foundation website.
Here are some pictures of the classrooms at PUST, a 2003 artist’s image of the site, and some pictures of current campus buildings. All images are courtesy of the Northeast Asia Foundation for Education and Culture (NAFEC).