Private Education Expenses in Busan
A report shows that Busan ranks lowest among 7 special and metropolitan cities according to average private education costs and student participation rates.
According to a survey on private education expenses conducted in 2009 by the National Statistical Office and the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, families in Busan were paying a monthly average of 203 thousand won per student.
The average rate of participation was 72.4%. In Ulsan, average tuition rates were slightly higher, at 234 thousand won per month, along with participation rates which topped 75%.
The national average for private education costs was 242 thousand won per student, up nearly 4% compared to the year before.
The entire country spent 21 trillion 600 billion won on private education last year, a 3.4% increase compared to 2008.
Busan National University’s new Admissions Criteria
Busan National University has decided to choose up to 39% of its total recruitment allotment using the admissions officer system starting in 2011.
This means that next year 1900 students out of total entering class of 4900 will be selected using the new system, a 3 fold increase compared to 2010.
The university has decided to lift the essay-type exam which was used this year for top high school students and will announce its plan in more details as soon as it receives approval from the Korean Council for University Education.
Capital Memorial Street in Busan
The 서구 office has started constructing a “temporary capital memorial street” on the 500 meter long stretch between the entrance to the 부민 campus of Donga University and the temporary capital memorial hall.
The office will inject 2.3 billion won to restore the military tank housed on the 구덕 campus of 동아 university as well as repair and decorate the floors and lights.
The site will include a special display place to high-light the period during the Korean War.
On top of that, the office will invest another 2 billion won to repair the path between 토성동 and 동대신동 subway station to make a “street for Youth.”
Dried Persimmons Impress British Queen Elizabeth
Dried persimmons from Sancheong appear to have caught the attention of England’s Queen Elizabeth.
The city of Sancheong in Gyeongnam province sent the queen a gift of dried persimmons last month along with a letter written by the city’s governor in an attempt to establish them as an international brand.
The persimmons’s went sent by way of an acquaintance with ties to the British royal household.
In return, the city received a letter written by the managing director of the royal family, expressing the queen’s interest in the dried persimmons and Korean culture.
Dongwon Foundation donates building to Pukyeong University
The Dongwon foundation for scholarship and academics has donated a building worth 7 billion won Pukyeong National University, or PKNU.
The building is named ‘동원 장보고 hall’ and is 3 stories tall. It takes up a total of 3,420 square meters in PKNU’s campus in 대연동.
PKNU is planning to use the building for a book cafe, seminar room, study room, and gallery.
A 16 meter long Foucault’s Pendulum is on display in the center of the lobby catch the attention of visitors.
Support for Multi-cultural families increases in Busan
The support center for multi-cultural families at the Busan Women’s Cultural Center is going to offer a service to ease the difficulties of migrant women and help them choose a Korean name.
The support center for multi-cultural families is going to help migrant women who experience problems in Korea when they use their given names.
김대영, a staff member at the women’s cultural center says: