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Aichi universities resume exchange programs as vaccines ease pandemic fears

CHUNICHI SHIMBUN   At many universities overseas, fall is when the new academic year begins. But amid the COVID-19 pandemic, universities in Aichi Prefecture have been unable to send students on exchange programs to the institutions overseas with which they have ties.   Among those affected is Aichi Shukutoku University, which dispatched 299 students to eight countries in fiscal 2019,….Read more

  • October 11, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Feature: S. Korea, Japan students share summer house, deepen understanding

SEOUL – Amid a fraught relationship between South Korea and Japan, seven students from the two countries spent the summer together — cooking, relaxing in front of the TV, and yes, trying to hash out their countries’ political differences while deepening their understanding of each other.   The undertaking, involving four Japanese studying in South Korea and three South Koreans who can speak….Read more

  • October 5, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 9:05 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Places at 46% of private Japanese universities not filled in 2021

TOKYO – New enrollments at 46.4 percent, or 277, of four-year private Japanese universities in spring 2021 were less than the number of places offered, up 15.4 percentage points from the previous fiscal year, a survey by a mutual private school organization showed Tuesday.   A decrease of around 26,000 in the 18-year-old population, as well as the number of….Read more

  • September 28, 2021
  • , Kyodo News , 7:54 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Goldman Sachs Japan donates scholarship fund to Temple Univ.’s Japan Campus

Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) announced on Sept. 9 that it will establish a scholarship program for students graduating from national and public high schools in Japan to cover all of their TUJ tuition costs until they graduate. The program will be funded by a private donation of $4.5 million (approx. 500 million yen) from Mochida Masanori, president of the….Read more

  • September 10, 2021
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EDUCATION > Educational Reform

Editorial: Entrance exam reform doomed by failure to listen to test-takers, schools

After many twists and turns in pursuit of a noble ideal, attempts to reform the university entrance exam system have floundered, unable to resolve certain practical problems.   Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Minister Koichi Hagiuda has officially announced that plans have been dropped for the introduction of open-ended questions and private-sector English tests on the Common Test for….Read more

  • August 2, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 2:07 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Universities

Japan bets on $90bn fund as universities lose ground to West

YUKI FUJITA, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — As Japanese universities fall further in global rankings, the government is launching a new 10 trillion yen ($91 billion) endowment fund designed to help them better compete with top institutions around the world.   Just two Japanese universities made the top 200 in the World University Rankings 2021 compiled by British magazine….Read more

  • July 30, 2021
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INTERNATIONAL > East Asia & Pacific

Japan to conduct review of activities of Confucius Institutes in Japan 

Sunday’s Nikkei wrote that the GOJ will conduct a review of the Beijing-funded educational organizations known as Confucius Institutes that operate on university campuses in Japan out of concern that the institutes are being used as a propaganda tool of the Chinese government. The GOJ is also concerned that important security-related technology could be leaked to the Chinese side through personal exchanges involving the institutes. The Education Ministry will….Read more

  • June 6, 2021
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SCIENCE > Health

More than 20% of young people depressed due to COVID-19

NHK reported this morning that a group led by Tokushima University Associate Professor Yamamoto Tetsuya conducted a survey of about 20,000 people in ten prefectures that were under a state of emergency in February. According to the network, the survey found that among the approximately 2,100 people aged 18 to 29, 22.8% were in a state of depression requiring medical….Read more

  • June 2, 2021
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EDUCATION > Universities

Majority of students in Japan happy with online lessons

Tokyo, May 26 (Jiji Press)–A government survey has found that 56.9 pct of students at universities and other schools in Japan are satisfied with online classes, far higher than 20.6 pct who answered the opposite.     The education ministry survey, conducted on the internet in March, covered 3,000 randomly sampled students at universities, junior colleges and vocational high schools, with 1,744 of….Read more

  • May 26, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 7:22 a.m.
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Japan studies losing popularity at U.S., European colleges   

Saturday’s Sankei reported that the number of researchers specializing in Japanese affairs has been declining in the U.S. in the past ten years or so due in part to the continued decline in the country’s presence in the international community and decrease in financial support by the Japanese government and corporations. The paper claimed there is only one scholar specializing in Japan at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research….Read more

  • May 9, 2021
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