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January 07, 2010

Professor recommends introducing grants to enable more students to go to university.


Professor Masayuki Kobayashi of Tokyo University's Center for Research and Development of Higher Education recently gave a lecture at The Yomiuri Shimbun's Tokyo head office on disparities in access to higher education related to the socioeconomic status of students' families. He said that 'about 70 percent of Tokyo's high school graduates attend universities, but the ratio decreases to about 30 percent in Kagoshima and Okinawa prefectures. Experts also have pointed to similar gaps between boys and girls, or between students from differing socioeconomic classes.' He feels that the Japanese government should provide many more grants to help reduce these disparities.

Professor Kobayashi went on to make comparisons between Japan and Britain and the U.S. saying: 'Let's look at present-day England and the United States as examples ...... the governments and other entities provide many grants to reduce the actual financial burden that eligible students have to bear. In Japan, on the other hand, financial aid to students usually means student loans. They are onerous for recipients, and some students don't apply for them.'

He talked about his own research saying: 'My university's Center for Research on University Management and Policy conducted a survey in 2005 on 4,000 high school students and their parents. ....... Asked how much of their children's higher education tuition and other fees the parents would cover, "all of it" was chosen by nearly 90 percent of respondents with an annual income of 10 million yen or higher. Even among those with an income of 4 million yen or less, about 50 percent chose the same response, which I think was a notable finding. About 30 percent of this class also said they would cover all the living expenses their children would need. It indicated that many students can proceed to college only when their parents or themselves--or both--scrimp and save ...... When looking into how tertiary education is funded from country to country, Japan and South Korea are in the top ranks in terms of the proportion paid by families.'

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