Sejong City Now Slated as Education, Science Hub

The troubled Sejong City project, originally planned as a new administrative capital, is now to become an economic hub with focus on education and science. That still means some government agencies will relocate there, but nothing like the number originally planned.

The government on Monday reported to the committee for the Sejong City project that the new plan is to focus on attracting IT, design and green enterprises, scientific and technological research centers, and universities.

"We plan to make Sejong City an IT and software industrial cluster, a designer training hub, and a test bed for green technologies," a government official said. "We also plan to designate it as a national industrial complex and a foreign investment zone, and to give various tax benefits to businesses operating there."

The government will try to lure think tanks that can produce synergy with such industries to the city. Under the previous plan, a total of 16 government-funded research centers were supposed to move to Sejong City, but their relocation will be reconsidered under the new plan that aborts the relocation of some government agencies.

Among other things, the government is talking to Seoul National University about building a second campus there. To increase the population of the city from the start, the government decided to establish several kinds of special-purpose high schools, such as an autonomous high schools and a science high school, and a vocational high school there.

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 24, 2009 11:31 KST