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North Korea to encourage IT and computer use
KCNA reports "great performance"

Pyongyang (pte023/16.05.2003/13:44) - According to an announcement made by the North Korean news agency KCNA, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea intends to start an IT education programme. The government, which until now has not been known for its computer technology, has raised the number of IT subjects at universities and colleges and also intends to reach "advanced teaching methods" at the institutions.

"Competent teachers" have been selected and have been sent to various institutions, reports KCNA. Likewise, "intelligent students" have been chosen, who are to study IT at universities and "talent centres". The goal is the "quick development of IT" in the near future.

In the meantime 20 out of 52 papers written by graduates of the Hamhung University of Chemical Engineering were about IT themes. North Korea sees this as proof of "great performances in places of higher education in the development of IT."

There are currently no existing official or private websites known in North Korea. The Korean Central News Agency of DPRK (KCNA) operates from Japan, and the first North Korean web shop is located in London.

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