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March 09, 2009

OECD calls on Japan to reform universities

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Less than four years after Japan gave greater autonomy to universities, the OECD reports that the changes have been ineffective and more reforms are necessary. A new report says, 'the rhetoric of change has been accompanied by the reality of conservatism'.

The report calls for increased investment in tertiary education, performance-based funding, greater flexibility in setting tuition fees, improvements to the student loan system, more focus on gender equality, and increased efforts to attract international students.

The report also says that more private colleges will be forced to merge or downsize. 30% of Japan's private universities and 40% of its junior colleges do not fill their current enrollment targets.

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