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"Asia's Best Foreign School" to Open
Youngsan Foreign School in July 2006 in Middle of Seoul
Mayor Lee Myung-Bak (third from right) and Cho Hwan-Eik (center), vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Energy of Korea with other VIPs before groundbreaking ceremony.

With the rapid economic development of South Korea its capital Seoul is now ready to compete with such great cities as Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore for becoming "business hub of Northeast Asia."

Yet, regarding living environment, particularly education for the kids of foreign residents Seoul lags behind those competitors, a series of survey conducted with expats in Seoul always find.

However, the biggest complaint of the foreigners may soon be resolved with new project just initiated by the Metropolitan government of Seoul. With the support of the central government, Seoul will found a quality international school mainly for the children of the foreign residents in South Korea.

Mayor Lee Myung-Bak is talking with the ambassador of New Zealand in Seoul Mr. David Taylor.

A groundbreaking ceremony for "Yongsan Foreign School" was held at Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu on April 6, 2005 with some 200 noted guests from both local and international communities. It will be the 17th foreign school in Seoul.

"We are trying to make unsparing efforts so that foreign communities can experience and remember the city with pleasant memories. This new school, with modern facilities, will help to provide the best quality education in the world," said Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-Bak, the host of the ceremony.

Lee said that a total of 30 billion won (approximately 3 million US dollars) would be poured for the Asia's best international school.

Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-Bak (2nd from left) talks with a VIP guest.

The school will be built on the total land space of 24,053 square pyeongs. One pyeong equals to 3.3 square meters. Among the land space some 7,000 pyeongs will be used for the construction of the school buildings.

The school will be equipped with the state of the art facilities including a swimming pool, a soccer field, and an auditorium.

Although the school is primarily for the children of foreign residents in South Korea, kids of local people will be eligible for admission as long as they have live abroad for over five years.

But the total number of local kids will be restricted with ceiling of its percentage lower than 25 percent.

All guests listen to Seoul Mayor Lee Myung-Bak's speech during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The school curriculum and teaching staff have not been organized but the quality of the school will be Asia's best in every aspect, according to the school plan.

The tuition will also be decided at the level hovering 10 million won per year. The construction will be conducted by the Samsung Engineering and Construction.

The Korean Foreign Schools Foundation was recently formed for the construction of the school. It received the school plot from the Seoul City and will get financial support from the Ministry of Industry and Energy.

An engineer of Samsung Engineering and Construction is describing the architectural design of Yongsan Foreign School.

The construction of the school will be completed in May 2006. When the school opens in July, it will receive about 700 students, but will increase the number of students to 1,000 soon.


The groundbreaking ceremony on April 6, 2005 drew a number of dignitaries who braved a drizzling rain in the afternoon. Among them was Cho Hwan-Eik, vice minister of the Ministry of Industry and Energy.

"It is our great pleasure to give us an opportunity to introduce a new world-class foreign school at the diplomatic area in Seoul," said Vice Minister Cho in the congratulatory speech.

The high-profile guests came from foreign missions including foreign ambassadors and business leaders.

VIPs are taking grounbreaking ceremony.

Among them were Ambassador David Taylor of New Zealand, Chairman Colin R. McClune of the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea, President Wayne Chumley of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.

The local celebrities included June Kang, director general of Korea Foreign Schools Foundation, who is married to a famous movie star Choi Min-Soo, and Park Yong-Sung, chairman of KFSF (Korea Foreign Schools Foundation). Park is chairman of Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction and also chairman the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).




 

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