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North Korea’s elite university brags of alleged partnerships with Western institutes, including two German ones. Those, however, bristle at the notion of partnership… Generally, North Koreans’ contacts with the rest of the world are kept to a minimum, including in higher education establishments. So it is all the more surprising that on the English version of its website, Kim Il Sung University boasts of being associated with dozens of partner schools around the world, including two in Germany. Apparently, the university has cleverly compiled an imposing list of past, current and alleged partnerships with “sister universities” and claims that “international academic exchanges are in full swing.”…

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