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             4 July 2000


The United Nations University (UNU) and the Kwangju Institute of Science and Technology (K-JIST) have agreed to cooperate in the development and implementation of programmes in the area of science and technology as well as in other joint activities of mutual interest. This cooperation will include mutual support of research and training programmes, scholarships and fellowships, scientific exchanges, information dissemination, and joint organization of conferences, seminars and workshops.

K-JIST, located in Kwangju, Republic of Korea, is a government-sponsored institution of higher education. It was established in 1993 for the purpose of educating qualified scientists and engineers and promoting joint international studies to meet the ever increasing demands of academia and industry. The K-JIST graduate school, which has nearly 600 domestic and international students, offers academic programmes leading to master's and doctoral degrees in the various areas of science and engineering.

As part of the cooperative agreement, the partners have established a K-JIST/UNU Scholarship Programme. Each year, the programme will grant scholarships to up to 11 M.S. students and 6 Ph.D. students from developing countries who wish to pursue their graduate studies under the broad theme of "Science and Technology for Sustainability" at K-JIST's departments of Information and Communications, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechatronics, Environmental Science and Engineering, or Life Sciences. Each scholarship will cover full tuition (two years for M.S. students, four years for Ph.D. students), round-trip airfare and on-campus housing as well as provide the student with a monthly stipend.

Candidates wishing to apply for a scholarship must submit evidence of a qualifying degree (a bachelor's degree to enter the M.S. programme, or a master's degree to enter the Ph.D. programme), a TOEFL score of at least 550 (for non-native English speakers) and two letters of recommendation. For admission in spring 2001, applications must be received at UNU by 31 August 2000. The deadline for admission in fall 2001 will be 28 February 2001.

Application forms can be obtained by contacting United Nations University, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, E-mail General information about K-JIST can be found online at

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