Forty percent of Japan’s leading universities are considering offering multiple enrollment times, such as in both September and April, a survey of university presidents conducted by the Nikkei found. The plan is intended to attract more students from the U.S. and Europe. But many respondents remained cautious about the plan to introduce a September enrollment system for elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, and universities all at once, a move which emerged following the COVID-19 outbreak, with only 10% of the respondents supporting that proposal.
Asked whether they are considering offering multiple enrollment times, such as April and September, 40.9%, or 63 universities, said they “want to give more enrollment opportunities, such as allowing September enrollment.”
Twenty-one universities, or 13.6% of the respondents, said they “want to maintain the April-only enrollment system.” Many of the schools which gave that answer said that September enrollment is difficult to introduce unless society changes its assumption that students graduate in March and join companies in April. Eight universities, or 5.2% of the respondents, said they “want to fully adopt September enrollment.” But few of the schools which gave that answer said they intend to adopt the September enrollment system alone, and the remaining majority said, “Elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, and universities need to change their systems simultaneously.” (Abridged)