FLY & Study Overseas – Tobitate Ryugaku Japan

July 7, 2014 | In: Kiyoko Naish

According to Nihon Keizai shimbun, Hitotsubashi University (one of Japan’s most prestigious national universities) is going to introduce compulsory overseas study for students. Other private universities including Rikkyo, Waseda and Kansai Universities will follow suit. OECD research shows student numbers going abroad to study in higher education peaked at about 83,000 in 2004. Since then the number went down by a third by 2011.

The Japanese Government is aiming to increase the number to 120,000 by 2020, which coincides with Tokyo Olympics. The project is called ‘TOBITATE RYUGAKU Japan‘. They have a Facebook page to update their activities. They are sending the students to 106 universities in the world.

In the UK, the Japanese Embassy in London has been working with the universities in the UK to push this campaign. The Embassy also supports the JET Programme, which recruits University graduates to go to Japan to teach English at Japanese schools. The Embassy plays a very important role in the promotion and selection of the candidates. 2014 JET teachers are going to have a reception at Japan Embassy in London next Friday. I will be there to meet them. I will report on this soon.

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