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Editorial: Will university fund be game changer for research capabilities?

It has long been said that the research capabilities of Japanese universities are declining. To break the impasse, stable support for universities is needed.   The government has decided to include in its economic stimulus measures a plan to launch within this fiscal year a “university endowment fund” worth about ¥10 trillion to support universities. The plan is to make….Read more

  • November 29, 2021
  • , The Japan News , 1:24 p.m.
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Japan to subsidize company-backed university courses

TOKYO — Japan next year will start subsidizing companies and schools working together to set up educational programs, Nikkei has learned.   Japan lags behind the U.S. and Europe in research and education programs backed by private sector funding, which often helps in growth areas such as decarbonization. Tokyo is now focusing on batteries, materials and semiconductors — fields that….Read more

  • November 15, 2021
  • , Nikkei Asia , 6:08 p.m.
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

Visa ban risks weakening of Japanese Studies, exchange programs

By Nakai Daisuke in New York, Kawasaki Yuko, and Sato Tatsuya   Japan’s prolonged ban on most student visas on the grounds of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused concern both at home and abroad. In addition to depriving foreign students of opportunities to study in Japan, the ban is feared to have negative impacts on Japanese Studies programs and on….Read more

  • October 25, 2021
  • , Asahi , p. 3
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SECURITY

Colleges required to obtain permits for foreign students to access sensitive data 

Nikkei led with a report claiming that METI has decided to alter the existing guidelines on the administration of the Foreign Exchange Law in order to mandate university authorities obtain its minister’s approval before foreign students are given access to sensitive data or technology with national security implications, such as semiconductor assembly equipment and robotics. The new policy, which is intended to block the outflow of key technological….Read more

  • October 27, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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EDUCATION > Study Abroad

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
  • , The Japan Times
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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
  • , Mainichi , p. 7
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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
  • , Nikkei Asia , 4:23 a.m.
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