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Four Brain Korea 21 projects dropped

The Brain Korea 21 project, which began in 1999, was to produce world-class graduation schools and researchers at the end of seven years and W1.4 trillion. Upon first appraisal, however, four BK 21 project groups were dropped from the program due to unsatisfactory academic achievement, South Koreaís Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development announced Friday. For many science projects, the appraisal pointed out weak and too few research findings. The Ministry stated that Seoul National University, in particular, failed to carry out its promise to reduce undergraduate admissions and widen its recruiting areas to aid in this programís success.

The Ministryís financial support department head Jang Ki-won said that a second appraisal of the program would be held in 2004.

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