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July 10, 2003

Kyodai To Admit Int'l School Grads

Kyoto University decided on Tuesday that it will allow graduates of non-Japanese, or international, schools to sit its entrance exams without taking the so-called "daiken" pre-entrance exam first. The prestigious university still needs to receive permission from the education ministry for the move, the first by a state-run university but likely to be copied by many more institutions by the end of the academic year. A panel of Kyodai faculty members recommended the change based on historical and human rights viewpoints. Pressure has been brought to bear on the issue by the bar association as well as Chinese and Korean groups since initial government plans to exempt only western-accredited international schools from the daiken requirement were scrapped following claims of racism.

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