North Korea shuts down universities for 10 months

Pyongyang has told the North Korean people that the nation will have achieved its aim of becoming “a great, prosperous and powerful nation” in 2012, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founder of the reclusive state, Kim Il-sung.

In addition, Kim Jong-il will turn 70 in February and the “Dear Leader” hopes to be able to transfer his power and an economically stronger nation to his son and heir-apparent, Kim Jong-Un.

Reports in South Korea indicated that the government in Pyongyang on Monday ordered all universities to cancel classes until April of next year. The only exemptions are for students who will be graduating in the next few months and foreign students.

North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il

The reports suggested that the students will be put to work on construction projects in major cities while there are also indications that repair work may be needed in agricultural regions that were affected by a major typhoon recently.

Analysts in Japan claim there may be other reasons behind the decision to disperse the students across the country.

“One reason is that there is a possibility of demonstrations at university campuses,” said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo’s Waseda University and author of a number of books on the North Korean leadership.

“The leadership has seen the ‘Jasmine Revolution’ in Africa and it is very frightened that the same thing could happen in North Korea,” he said. “They fear it could start in the universities.”

Professor Shigemura also said that North Korea has purchased anti-riot equipment from China in recent months, including tear gas and batons, while there has been an increased police presence at key points in Pyongyang in recent months.

Telegraph

  • 7akibalash

    you can opress your people for so long then they revolt and hang your butt. watch, now that he closed the school,s it will backfire on him and the people will revolt and rally around the fact that he closed the schools… he just gave them a cause to revolt.

  • Anonymous

    you can opress your people for so long then they revolt and hang your butt. watch, now that he closed the school,s it will backfire on him and the people will revolt and rally around the fact that he closed the schools… he just gave them a cause to revolt.

  • Poor students….North Korea is not in any way moving forward and now this…

  • Poor students….North Korea is not in any way moving forward and now this…

  • 5thDrawer

    Foreign Students? They actually have Foreign Students? What hell of a country do they come from to want to study in North Korea?
     (Hmmmm …. dreadful thought … maybe they are the dictators of tomorrow … I’m sure the Jong-Ill family has good textbooks on torture and repression.)
    And yes, they go after the intellectuals first … always.

  • 5thDrawer

    Foreign Students? They actually have Foreign Students? What hell of a country do they come from to want to study in North Korea?
     (Hmmmm …. dreadful thought … maybe they are the dictators of tomorrow … I’m sure the Jong-Ill family has good textbooks on torture and repression.)
    And yes, they go after the intellectuals first … always.

  • Anonymous

    Foreign Students? They actually have Foreign Students? What hell of a country do they come from to want to study in North Korea?
     (Hmmmm …. dreadful thought … maybe they are the dictators of tomorrow … I’m sure the Jong-Ill family has good textbooks on torture and repression.)
    And yes, they go after the intellectuals first … always.

  • ralphsrouji

    If protests start in N. Korea, expect them to spread very fast across the border… to China!

    • 5thDrawer

      China knows how to kill off protests fast … years of experience. (see Tibet)

  • ralphsrouji

    If protests start in N. Korea, expect them to spread very fast across the border… to China!

  • Anonymous

    If protests start in N. Korea, expect them to spread very fast across the border… to China!

    • Anonymous

      China knows how to kill off protests fast … years of experience. (see Tibet)