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Kim Il Sung University, Sixty Years Old

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

   Pyongyang, September 30 (KCNA) -- Sixty years have passed since Kim Il Sung University was founded at the initiative of President Kim Il Sung and under his guidance. It is the first university for the working people in the DPRK.
    It was raised as a vital issue to train national cadres after national liberation in the DPRK as it had lack of its own intellectuals owing to the Japanese imperialists' colonial rule.
    The President, with a deep insight into the requirement of the revolutionary development and the distant future of the country in the difficult years of building a new state, unfolded a far-reaching plan to set up various universities for bringing up national cadres and initiated to build the university as their mother body.
    On November 3, Juche 34 (1945), he instructed officials that the university should be established and elaborated all the issues arising in its foundation from its character and mission to contents and methods of education and its management and operation. In order to fill up teachers, he sent letters of request signed by him to them in different parts of the country.
    Thanks to the energetic guidance of the President, the university was opened on October 1, 1946.
    The Korean people named the university after Kim Il Sung, the sun of the nation and a legendary hero.
    The foundation of the university provided a center for rearing able cadres in an extensive way for the first time of the Korean history and opened up a broad avenue for sons and daughters of the working people to receive higher education to their heart's content.
    The President preferentially sent a lot of educational arrangements to the university, gave on-the-spot guidance to it on some 100 occasions and highly important instructions on hundreds of occasions to lead it to constant strengthening and development.
    Today the university, under the meticulous care of Kim Jong Il, is carrying on its mission as the highest edifice of the Juche-based education and reliable national cadres training base equipped with a powerful teaching staff and laboratory and practical conditions.



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