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June 27, 2005

Chonju Aims to be Language Hub

The South Korean city of Chonju aims to become the country's special foreign language education hub. Major projects include language schools in alliance with renowned foreign universities, branches of international schools and foreign language schools for English, Chinese, and Japanese language studies, according to The Korea Times. The city, located in the southern part of the peninsula, also "has plans for establishing cyber foreign language centers, foreign language camps, an English immersion village and the recruitment of foreign language instructors for middle and high schools." Major benefits are foreseen to the regional economy and the 18-billion won (¥1.9 billion) project is funded by a roughly half and half mixture of public and private funds. The city plans to seek approval from the Ministry of Finance and Economy in August, "after holding a public hearing and deliberations by the municipal assembly."

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