In the DPRK the working people who are involved in the studying-while-working system and study at factory colleges are called worker students.
Such worker students from the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang Textile Mill are enrolled at Pyongyang College of Technology near the factory in Songyo District, Pyongyang.
The college was instituted in September Juche 49 (1960) for the working people in the East Pyongyang area. The students can receive specialized education related to their production activities, such as textile, chemistry, machinery, electronic engineering, and industrial administration, while acquiring modern science and technology.
The worker students from the textile mill are taught by competent lecturers and then cement what they have learnt through experiments on textile material, dyeing, process analysis and so on at the laboratories equipped with apparatuses and measuring instruments.
It is not an easy job for them to work by day and study at college in the evening.
However, they never miss a lecture, as they are keenly aware that they can produce cloth more and better to be conducive to the prosperity of the country and improvement of the people’s living standards only when they are well-versed in science and technology in the era of the knowledge-based economy. With such a burning zeal for study they stay until late at night, studying in the lecture rooms and conducting experiments at the laboratories. After they return home or hostel, they continue to study.
After finishing 5-year course they are qualified as engineers in their majors.
Those who were involved in the studying-while-working system are very capable of combining theory with practice, so they render tangible contribution to solving technical problems on the spot.
Many officials of the mill, including its deputy manager and workshop leaders, are graduates of the colleges involved in this system.
At present worker students of the mill strive hard to accumulate their knowledge in their efforts to realize the ambitious plan of the WPK to make all the members of the society well-versed in science and technology.