S. Korea, China to conduct joint study on health effects of ultrafine dust

SEOUL, South Korean and Chinese researchers will conduct a joint study on harmful effects of ultrafine dust particles on the human body, officials said Tuesday.

The Ministry of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea said they have selected a Korea-China joint research study on the health effects of fine dust air pollution, and five other projects, as this year's beneficiaries of their global research network support program.

The global research network support program is designed to help South Korean researchers conduct joint research and build networks with their overseas counterparts. Each joint research project selected by government agencies will receive 80 million won (US$70,000) annually for two to three years.

Researchers from South Korea and China's Jilin Province and the city of Tianjin will carry out an extensive joint study on the harmfulness of ultrafine dust particles for two years and 10 months, officials at the education ministry said.

They expect that the outcomes from the joint study will be utilized to devise the government's countermeasures against the fine dust pollution problem.

The ministry and the research foundation also decided to extend financial support to a joint study project on South Korean companies' inroads into Malaysia and Indonesia and their global management strategies.

Under the project, domestic and foreign researchers will study Malaysian and Indonesian consumers' recognition of Korean products.

In another research project selected for the global research network support program, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Russia and Britain will jointly study the historical evolution of Eurasia's science and technology knowledge.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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