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New Program to Aid Smaller Universities

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2124-2125
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2124b

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TOKYO-- A new $160-million-a-year program to help universities build up strengths in specific areas will give scientists at Japan's smaller universities a chance to compete against the scientific heavyweights at larger universities for precious government funding. Last week the Ministry of Education launched its 21st Century Centers of Excellence program and invited all universities, public and private, to compete.