Academics

PUST aims to cultivate research and knowledge that will lay the foundation for North Korea's economic development. Its curricula and faculty will contribute to the introduction of principles of modernization and international standards to the relevant fields of study in North Korea.

PUST will focus on practicality in education and research to provide the intellectual infrastructure necessary for industrial-educational integration. It will also emphasize creativity in each academic field and in interdisciplinary undertakings. Lastly, PUST will promote a global approach in fostering attitudes and skills so that graduates will have the capacity to work with individuals and institutions worldwide. PUST will also ensure that its curricula and programs meet the international standards required to achieve world peace and prosperity.

Teaching Programs

The teaching programs at PUST will offer curricula that seek to strengthen North Korea's economy by:

  • Cultivating engineering and business professionals who are conversant in foreign languages
  • Training a workforce that will live up to the expectations of progressive global industrie
  • Producing specialists who are as comfortable with practical applications as they are with theory

PUST is designed as a graduate-level institution initially, but the plan is to add undergraduate studies in a few years. The initial academic offerings will be structured within four schools:

However, Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) and the School of Public Healthcare (PH) will be added as soon as feasible. All academic offerings will be tailored for purely civilian applications.  AEC will train students in comprehensive architectural engineering and construction topics. It will also include training in other engineering areas related to Chemical, Mechanical, and Civil Engineering.  PH will perform research in public health and environmental topics.

The Research and Development Center (RDC): The international corporations that take residence within PUST will train top-level human resources to increase the competitive edge of North Korean and joint venture businesses.

Students

PUST will choose students from qualified candidates selected by the Ministry of Education. The PUST graduates will be equipped to work for civilian projects in government agencies or joint venture firms, collaborative projects with foreign firms, and jobs abroad.

The ultimate capacity of PUST is about 600 graduate students and 2000 undergraduate students.

Faculty

PUST plans to recruit approximately 250 faculty members over the next ten years from prestigious universities and research institutions in the United States, South Korea, and other countries which will provide a diverse education and give exposure to the best thinking in the educational world. All instruction is to be given in English.  These faculty members will lead in the classroom work and in the research laboratories as permanent faculty members or as adjunct faculty members or special lecturers who rotate in and out of the campus on a carefully planned basis.

There was approximately 30 faculty members in the group of teaching and administrative staff members who begun the first semester of graduate study.  That number of faculty members has grown as the number and the level of the students have increased.
  
Academics holding doctoral or master's degrees who are interested in joining in this exciting work are invited to contact PUST at hr.pust@gmail.com.  PUST is especially interested in locating academics who have achieved some level of expertise in science, technology, or business.  These academics may volunteer to work with us on a long-term, short-term or temporary basis.

Research Program

PUST seeks to increase the efficiency of both scholarly and research capacities through an effective organizational structure. To accomplish this, PUST will establish a Research Center to provide an active and creative environment focusing on:

  • Training in the fundamentals of research
  • Promoting science and technology for humanitarian and civilian applications
  • Encouraging the interdisciplinary nature of research

During their academic studies, students will have the opportunity to put theory into practice, engaging in research that caters to their interests. Each academic program will operate its own division within the center, that will serve as the basis for interdisciplinary and collaboration of humanitarian and civilian research. Joint programs with research centers of other educational institutions, including foreign universities, also will be encouraged

Published on  July 10th, 2013