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January 25, 2010

Japanese universities having more courses in English and more non-Japanese professors

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The number of courses taught in English at university is increasing and the universities that have these courses are likely to be recruiting more non-Japanese professors. 'University World News' reports that Waseda University 'wants to increase the number of foreign students from 3,125 last year to 8,000 - comprising 4,000 undergraduates and 4,000 postgraduates. The university also intends to boost the ratio of foreign professors to local ones by 20% as soon as it can attract them.'

The increase in the number of courses taught in English comes from the Ministry of Education's 'Global 30' project. Last year the ministry selected 13 universities to be part of this project, giving them financial assistance for having courses in English and attracting more international students. The universities are Tohoku University, University of Tsukuba, The University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Kyushu University, Keio University, Sophia University, Meiji University, Waseda University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University.

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