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Training the Leaders of the Future

Being a teacher is, without a doubt, one of the greatest responsibilities that an individual can have, who has to sow the seeds of knowledge, curiosity, questioning and logical reasoning in so many young people; thus managing to train the new generations of leaders, who will be in charge of continuing the legacy of developing their communities and countries in the near future.

This is how moved by his students and determined to give the best of himself, John Robinson decided to undertake his PhD studies to update what he had already learned, after receiving an MBA in 1985.

As a professor at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, Robinson's challenge is always to be able to offer students a new point of view, another perspective, that allows them to broaden their vision. Robinson sees in each of his students a future leader and feels the enormous responsibility of preparing them to be responsible and upright men, not only for their own future, but for that of their communities.

Learn to teach

The best way to teach is to be, first, in the place of the student himself. With this in mind, Professor John Robinson entered the AIU learning program, which gave him not only the opportunity to return to classes, but to do so with the freedom to go at his own pace and the support of new tools that, in other universities, are not available. In addition to counting, of course, on traditional resources.

Hand in hand with all these resources, Professor Robinson's experience was very enriching, since he learned about other ways of learning, which is now reflected in his way of teaching, providing a new perspective to his students, offering new concepts, information and points of view that they can use for the development of their countries.

About PUST

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology is the first and currently only privately-run university in the DPRK. The university opened its doors to the first 50 graduate students in October 2010, and today, PUST has 500 male and female undergraduate students and 60 graduate students, including 5 graduates studying Dentistry in the Division of Medical Sciences.

PUST is the largest community of foreigners in the DPRK, with more than 60 foreign faculty from China, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other parts of Europe. The foreign faculty teach in the schools of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Foreign Languages, and International Finance and Management. Among the PUST foreign faculty are graduates from Cambridge, ETH, and MIT as well as former faculty members at prestigious universities such as Baylor University in the U.S. and the University of Surrey in the UK. The faculty also includes published scholars in their fields of expertise such as rice breeding, cloud computing, statistics, and actuarial science.

The mission of PUST is to contribute to improving the lives of the people of Korea and the world, through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest levels of excellence within the international community, in an environment of respect and care for others.

Entrevista John Robinson

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