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Russian language can become mandatory in the universities of the DPRK
The Russian language, like English, can become a compulsory subject in the DPRK universities, the Russkiy Mir Foundation reports with reference to ITAR-TASS. We are talking about those universities that will focus on the study of foreign languages within the framework of the national educational program. The North Koreans will also be able to master Chinese and Japanese at will.
“Kim Jong-un has repeatedly stated the need to strengthen the study of foreign languages in local educational institutions,” said the newspaper “Korya Herald”. According to the media, "thanks to this, the North Korean authorities expect to facilitate their access to foreign advanced technologies and improve the domestic economic situation."
When studying foreign languages in the DPRK, special emphasis is placed on reading and getting a rich vocabulary, while colloquial language is given secondary attention.
Since 2012, there is a system of free compulsory twelve-year education in the DPRK. There are specialized language schools in the country. Foreign languages are studied at such well-known universities as the Kim Il Sung University, Kim Chaek Polytechnic University, the Pyongyang University of Foreign Languages.