Brethren teaching at PUST, the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea, are on view in a news program from BBC One, published this week and available to view online. “Educating North Korea” is the title of the BBC One news show Panorama, in which a video crew from the UK-based BBC were given permission to film at PUST.
Church of the Brethren member Robert Shank may be seen at work, teaching agriculture at PUST, in some of the BBC video clips. Robert and Linda Shank have served at PUST with support from the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service office.
“Kim Jong-un father gave permission for a remarkable university which exposes students to western ideas and ideology,” said a BBC description of the program. “Many of the students are the sons of some of the most powerful men in North Korea. Women are not allowed to study there. BBC reporter Chris Rogers interviews the students on life and their plans after graduation. The piece includes a remarkable Christian church attendance, even though practicing Christianity is forbidden for ordinary North Koreans.”
Find the BBC One Panorama show at www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JRtFyLiOnE .