Sanctions on North Korea Affect a Private University
Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is North Korea's first privately funded university. It opened in 2010. But, the head of the school says the university is facing financial difficulties because of international sanctions against North Korea.
Chan-Mo Park is the university's chancellor. He is a former computer science professor at the University of Maryland and a U.S. citizen who was born in South Korea.
He told VOA on Wednesday, "We want to recruit South Korean professors, but the May 24 measure blocks it."
He was referring to trade and exchange sanctions South Korea made against North Korea on May 24, 2010. The sanctions came after South Korea accused the North of sinking one of its naval boats and claiming the lives of 46 sailors.
North Korea's nuclear and missile tests earlier this year have further isolated the country. In March, a United Nations Security Council resolution placed further restrictions on North Korea's financial activity.
The school chancellor says that despite international tensions, the university is growing. It is largely supported by Western-based Evangelical Christians. It currently hosts about 500 enrolled students and 100 professors. Some are U.S. citizens.
Park says the school offers North Korean students rare opportunities to engage with Western-trained scientists.
"We were doing a virtual reality class and some students turned in materials about American hip hop music for their homework," said Park. He described students as eager to learn about the outside world.
Critics argue the institution could help the North Korean government further develop nuclear technology. Park said this is not the case. He said the school's curriculum meets U.S. regulations.
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1.financial difficulties 财务困难
He asked me, cap in hand, if I could help him out of his financial difficulties.
2.refer to 涉及；指的是
Writers often refer to a dictionary.
3.international sanctions 国际制裁
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4.accuse of 谴责；指控
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1.Park says the school offers North Korean students rare opportunities to engage with Western-trained scientists.
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2."We were doing a virtual reality class and some students turned in materials about American hip hop music for their homework," said Park.
turn in 上交；归还
It is customary to turn in one's resignation two weeks before one's last day.
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平壤科学技术大学是朝鲜第一所私立大学，2010年学校开始招生 。但该校校长表示，受国际针对朝鲜制裁的影响，科技大学正面临资金困难 。
平壤科技大学校长朴赞谟（Chan-Mo Park）曾是马里兰大学的计算机科学教授，是一位出生于韩国的美国公民 。
他所说的是2010年5月24日韩国对朝鲜作出的制裁决定 。制裁原因是因为朝鲜击沉了韩国一艘军舰，造成46名船员丧生 。
年初，朝鲜的核导弹试验使其进一步被国际社会孤立 。三月份，联合国安理会投票决议对朝鲜实施更加严厉的经济制裁 。
校长表示，尽管国际局势不太乐观，但学校仍在不断发展 。西方基督教慈善团体为该校提供了很多帮助 。目前该校共有500名在校生和100名教授 。其中有些人是美国公民 。
朴赞谟说：“我们正在做虚拟现实类的课程，学生们还上交了关于美国嘻哈音乐的作业 。”他表示学生渴望了解外面的世界 。
反对者认为该校很可能会帮助朝鲜政府进一步发展核技术 。朴赞谟则不以为然，他表示学校的课程符合美国的规定 。