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The Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) announced last Wednesday that it has organized an advisory committee on settlement conditions in science belts to attract domestic and international scientists to an international science business belt that will be established on a 3.63 million m2 site in Daejeon.
The committee will consist of 15 industry experts, scholars, researchers and government officials from backgrounds including construction, culture, education, health, childcare and foreigner support. They will discuss how to create an environment in the science belt where scientists can live conveniently. In particular, to attract scientists from overseas, the MSIP will provide rental apartments, townhouses and guest houses. Administrative support for health, education, interpretation and immigration will also be supported. Hospitals and pharmacies for foreigners will be designated to offer services in other languages as well.
The MSIP plans to facilitate elementary schools, an international school in Daejeon and foreign universities that it plans to promote moving into Sejong city, to equip it with world-class educational facilities and programs.
Yong Hong-taek, an MSIP official, noted that through the discussion with the advisory committee, the Korean government will build a science belt environment where foreign scientists can conveniently study and live.
Source: Newsis (May 29, 2013)
** This article was translated from the Korean.