Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Todai Shock?

The University of Tokyo (i.e., Todai) had drooped bombshell on 18 January 2012. A panel from the Todai has proposed that the institution shift undergraduate enrollment from April to the fall. The Todai decided to move its college calendar to the fall within the five years. Today, among 116 countries in the UN, only 3 percent of nations including Japan, along with other six countries including India, start their university in spring time, usually April; however, a majority of higher education in other countries begin in fall. Historically, Japan had the time starting in the fall in the college between 1872 to 1920. Due to receive subsidy from the national budgets and to be busy season for farmers in the fall, the government changed it to the spring (Weekly Gendai 11 February 2012). This has been bottleneck for Japanese universities to exchange and study with students and faculty from oversea for decades. “It’s not merely about schedule adjustment. It’s about speeding up the internationalization of (Japanese) universities and society (Japan Times, 21 January 2012),” said Hamada Junichi, Todai President. The Japanese government tried to change the system in 1987 and 2007, but it was never succeed. Well, the internationalization of Japan might be a little too late as Japan enters over two decades of the economic downturn.

Source: Todai Home page (access date: 20 March 2012).

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