KAIST and the City of Daejeon have taken on a project to remove a stretch of fence on campus that faces Gap-Chun River, making the campus accessible to all citizens and visitors. The work will last for three months beginning on April 5th and throughout June 2010. Gradually, KAIST plans to remove the entire fence surrounding the campus within a few years.
The city government has encouraged government and public organizations in Daejeon to open up their public space to citizens and visitors as part of its initiatives to reach out to local communities. As of December 2008, seven public organizations have completed to rid of their boundary markers, and eight more organizations will make their gardens and campus available to the public by the end of this year.
All the expenses related to the removal of the fence will be borne by the city government. At the place where the fence is knocked down will become a park so that neighbors and visitors can come and rest.
A school official said, “This is an important campaign for us because it promotes more exchanges between the university and local community. Our campus has rich green foliage, and visitors will surely enjoy it. By opening up our campus to the public, we hope to return to the society what we have received as a public institution and create a forum where art, science, and technology meet together.”
In addition to the removal of the fence, KAIST and the city government will install flowerbeds, health facilities, and walking trails for the citizens.
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