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July 07, 2003

Most Universities Want Int'l. School Grads

A recent survey by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper shows that the majority of universities want to accept graduates directly from Japan's international schools. 74% of heads of national schools, which do not do so at present, said they would like to be able to. About a quarter of the 451 private universities surveyed already accept such students. Under current rules, graduates must take an pre-entrance exam (commonly known as "daiken") before being allowed to sit university entrance exams. Recent moves to exempt schools accredited by US and European education groups, but not the majority -- mostly for ethnic Korean or Chinese students -- were fiercely opposed as being racist.

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