In DepthHigher Education

Japan looks to instill global mindset in grads

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Science  27 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6225, pp. 937
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6225.937

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Fewer and fewer Japanese students are going abroad for study. The number of foreign students in Japan is trending downward. And non-Japanese professors are uncommon. To address these deficits, Japan's education ministry has just launched the Top Global University Project. Under the program, 13 research universities deemed by the ministry capable of attaining top-100 status worldwide will each receive $3.5 million a year for 10 years. And 24 smaller universities will get $1.4 million a year over that period. The funding is modest, but it should allow the universities to become more in sync with international norms by revamping tenure systems, for example, and overhauling curricula.