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May 28, 2004

Dando Calls Foul on University Reform

Newspaper and Web Journalist Yasuharu Dando has published an article questioning the ongoing reform of Japan's university system. The article, which appeared on the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies site, says incorporation of national universities has "revealed a parallel objective of implementing yearly decreases in budgetary outlays, in order to match considerable belt-tightening at the national level." Dando cites concerns of many university faculties, "who claim that academic freedom is being compromised". He also says that some closely involved have called for an evaluation system "based not on the numerical targets favored by the government, but on the peer review process widely used in North America and Europe."
A Worst Possible Beginning to University Reform

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