Kim Il-sung Univ. graduates dominate NK ruling class
Graduates of North Korea's top university named after the communist country's founder Kim Il-sung dominate top government and party posts under the leadership of new leader Kim Jong-un, a government report in Seoul showed Tuesday.
About 35.5 percent of key North Korean government and Workers' Party figures are alumni of Kim Il-sung University while the army-oriented Kim Il-sung Military University is the alma mater for 17.7 percent of them, according to the report by the Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean issues.
Kim Il-sung University is the first and best-known North Korean university, established in 1946 in Pyongyang. Late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, the son of Kim Il-sung, also attended the school.
The report, which analyzed 106 party and government bigwigs in the North, also illustrated the predominant male ratio of the governing class, with females accounting for only 5.7 percent of those surveyed.
The female component in the North Korean cabinet was even lower at 2 percent, compared to 11.5 percent recorded in China and 7 percent for Russia, both also socialist regimes.
The average age of the cabinet members was far lower at 63 than the 72 average for key party members, indicating a higher proportion of technocrats in the cabinet are equipped with greater field knowledge, according to the report. Officials of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea tend to be elder citizens who have long been loyal to the Kim family, the ministry said.
The ministry also singled out several officials as rising stars under the new regime of Kim Jong-un, who took over the leadership after his father Kim Jong-il died in December. Among them were Choe Ryong-hae, the director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army, and Mun Kyong-dok, secretary of the party's Central Committee. (Yonhap)