A ceremony was held on Jeju Island to mark the beginning of construction on Branksome Hall Asia, a branch of an all-girl school based in Canada.
This will become the third international school to open in the Jeju Global Education City and with its International Baccalaureate Program, the school will provide increased access to global opportunities and understanding.
"Branksome Hall Asia which is slated to open in September next year, aims to draw not only Koreans, but students from throughout Northeast Asia."
The principal of Branksome Hall Canada says the facility in Jeju will begin with five to six-hundred students, and over the next four to five years the number is expected to increase to 12-hundred.
It tries to differentiate itself from other international schools set to open in Jeju with a global-minded approach to education.
[Interview : Peter Kenny, Project Manager
Branksome Hall Asia] "The reason we're different is that our curriculum is different, our outlook is very global. Our girls travel around the world in service projects and exchanges to countries from Korea to Australia to the US, South Africa."
But this is only a small part of the Jeju Global Education City.
The government-led project aims to develop parts of Seogwipo into an educational hub consisting of schools, English education centers, residential homes and commercial facilities.
[Interview : Byon Jong-il, Chairman
Jeju Free International City Development Center] "Jeju Global Education City is a project with the goal of building an educational hub with a total population of about 23-thousand, 9-thousand of which are students. We anticipate eight to ten international schools to be built here and we also hope to establish international schools run by Koreans in the future."
The government has budgeted about 1.8 billion US dollars to develop the area with the goal of encouraging young Koreans to stay in the country for a quality education.
Once all the schools are up and running, it's expected to bring in 500 million dollars annually that would normally be spent on overseas education.
Oh Jee-hyun, Arirang News, Seogwipo.