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May 31, 2005

Universities With Foreign Ties Double

The number of Japanese universities with ties to schools abroad has doubled in the last five years, according to the education ministry. The ministry released the results of a survey last week that showed the number of such schools stood at 11,292 as of October, 2004. Included are schools that cooperate in areas such as research or the transfer of academic credits. About 30% of the schools allow credits earned abroad to count at home, though almost 87% participate in student exchanges. By country, the US and China accounted for just over 18% of the schools each, while South Korea made up a little more than 10%. The survey also showed that a growing number of Japanese universities are setting up educational facilities or offices abroad.

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