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Busan University Builds Dorm To Be Completed Next Year To Entice Foreign Students

By March 3, 2017 at 8:02 am
Busan University to construct dorms (Photo : Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Busan University has confirmed that it will be constructing a dormitory. This is part of the institution's efforts to attract foreign students to enroll in the school.

About 800 students from the Foreign Studies department of Busan University will no longer need to look for rooms or flats to rent. This is because the school will be investing 20 billion won (about 17.5 million USD) to construct a 12,000 square meter dorm.

It will be on the school's campus in Namsan-dong, Geumjeong-gu. The dormitory is revealed to have 13 levels, 10 of which are above ground. Busan University made the announcement on Thursday.

It was also noted that the construction permit could be available in April. The dorm is expected to be complete by the first half of next year.

Busan University is one of the 10 flagship Korean national universities. It has continually been ranked as one of the top 500 world universities by leading ranking firms.

Last year, the school got a score of 32.70 from Top Universities. Its rank was in the range of 431-440. Since 2012, it has been in the top 500 rankings for the best world universities.

In Times Higher Education's list, it got in the 501-600th place for the world university rankings for 2017. It got 84 the place in Asia university rankings for 2016.

Over 1,000 overseas students enroll at Busan University for their postsecondary education. The school has been housing both Korean and foreign students in dormitories that have a capacity of 1,626 people.

The construction plans of the university are believed to be part of the school's efforts to entice overseas students. This comes in the midst of concerns about a decline in Korean high school graduates, mainly because of the nation's low birth rate.

"What foreigners check first when they seek Korean universities is whether they have a dorm," Busan University's school's public relations team chief said. He added that the idea was to balance out the shortage of Korean students with foreigners.

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