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December 09, 2009

Universities dealing with the declining birth rate by opening junior and senior high schools

school%20bus.jpegUniversities are attempting to attract bright students at a much younger age by opening attached junior and senior high schools. A number of these schools will open next spring. It seems to be famous universities with names that will attract students that are taking this approach.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that 'Waseda University and Chuo University will open their first-ever attached middle schools in Tokyo. Waseda University and Chuo University plan to set up unified middle and high schools in Saga Prefecture and Yokohama respectively. Kansai University and Kwansei Gakuin University also are proceeding with similar plans. The universities have been flooded with requests from people wishing to visit the new school grounds, and some schools have seen an increasing number of applicants after becoming affiliated with such universities. Some schools expect to see three to four times more applicants than they can enroll.

Adding new schools while the population is declining will, of course, cause problems for some other schools.

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