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April 17, 2003

University Reforms Continue

The merger of Saitama and Gunma Universities is to be put back a year to October 2005. The merger, the first across prefectural boundaries, was to have been completed in the autumn of 2004. One reason cited was objections from the Gunma side over the location of the educational faculty in Saitama. A working group is to be set up at the end of this month to look at the issue. In another development, the education ministry announced that as of this October, 20 national universities are to be merged into 10, resulting in a total of 87 nationwide. The majority are medical schools that will be incorporated into their respective prefectural universities. These are just some of the many ongoing reforms of the third-level education system throughout Japan.

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