Busan News for Thursday, February 25th, 2010

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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.

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:

“there are more and more migrant women living in Busan. In order to help them adjust and overcome obstacles related to their names we’ve decided to create the Korean naming project. We will accept 30 applicants in the first step and later help 100 more.
Children from multi-cultural family often struggle because of their mother’s name : classmates often make fun of them or exclude them from their groups.
The Korean naming project aims to make their Korean lives more comfortable and provide them with a Korean identity.
The center is planning to create a network for the project with naming experts and lawyers.
More information will be available at the website ‘http://wcc.busan.go.kr‘ or over the phone at 051-320-8344.

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One response to “Busan News for Thursday, February 25th, 2010

  1. Hello,

    My name is Shaimaa Khalil. I’m a journalist with the BBC World Service. I’m currently working on a BBC project called Blogworld.

    Blogworld is part of the BBC’s Superpower season. It’s a look at how the internet-that is the superpower- has changed our lives. One of the aspects of that is of course blogging and this is where Blogworld comes in. We want to get in touch with bloggers in different parts of the world and find out what they blog about , what’s important to them and how blogging has changed their lives personally and for their country.

    The aim is to get you to do a webcam interview, record it and email it to us we. We’ll then edit that and include it in a series of TV segments that will air starting March the 8th. We will also be doing radio segments and using photos from your blog on ours to introduce you to our audience. Would you be interested in taking part?

    I would really appreciate if you could send me a contact number so I can speak to you in more detail about it. Please send me your number on the following email:
    shaimaa.khalil@bbc.co.uk

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.
    Shaimaa

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