In order for Japan’s corporations to remain competitive on the world market in technology including robotics, biotechnology, computing and Japan’s move into space, the Japanese government made the decision in June, 2015 announced in a letter from Japan’s Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura to cut out their humanities courses. This is basically for Japan’s public universities. Hakubun Shimomura is a Japanese politician with the LDP, so this decision comes as no surprise really considering the economic power the LDP has over directing most aspects of Japanese society including education. Kakubun Shimomura graduated from the private Waseda University. Waseda has a full-time teaching staff of 2,137 academic staff, 3,318 part-time staff with 819 full time administrative people and 445 part-time administrative staff which is a huge salary liability paid to Waseda’s academic and administrative staff.
What’s really amusing is that Waseda University’s school logo is “Independence of learning.” Oh really? Waseda University consists of 13 undergraduate schools and 23 graduate schools, and is one of the 13 universities in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Global 30 Project. Japan Inc. requires a constant flow of students graduating from Japan’s universities who are skilled in technology which will become critical in the years ahead. This explains why Japan is moving rapidly to robotics and its move into space. The Japanese government subsidizes up to 40 percent of public universities in Japan, so from a financial perspective, the Japanese government can easily force public universities to end courses in the humanities.
From recent figures, it will cost a Japanese student (their parents) roughly ¥3,740,000 (US$33,392) to graduate from a public university in Japan, and that’s not including miscellaneous costs with rent and food with increasing costs in Tokyo. Since Japan’s population continues to shrink, this means there are less students enrolling in Japan’s universities which will mean competition between universities for government subsidies and for professorships with tenure. If you are a student enrolling in a public institutions in Japan this means the Japanese government will dictate what these public universities will be studying.
There are options for Japanese students wanting to go onto college after high school and that means getting an equivalent or better university education overseas to continue their education in areas that really interest them rather than Japan Inc. and the LDP dictating their future education. Japanese students might want to consider furthering their education in Russia. Here’s your chance Japanese potential university students. Enroll for a free university education in Russia where the sciences are very high and you will receive possibly a better education and academic freedom.
Source: Russia Beyond The Headlines
Five steps to enroll in a Russian university for free
March 6, 2016
by Gleb Fedorov
Russia is one of the few countries in the world that provide foreign applicants with the right to study free of charge in universities on par with Russian students.
The quota allocated by the Ministry of Education applies not only to undergraduates, but also to graduate and post-graduate students. Here’s what you need to do to become one of the 15,000 students in 2016/2017.
1. Sign up
Rossotrudnichestvo, a state agency that deals with receiving and distributing applications, has radically simplified the application process for studying in Russia in 2016. To begin with, you need to register on the website. It takes about 10 minutes.
2. Submit your application
After registration, you will be able to submit a letter of motivation, as well as fill out a form where you need to provide information about your education, personal achievements, and the desired field of study. The completed application form will be added to the general list of applications from your country.
3. Wait for the answer
Currently, the selection of applicants is carried out by the branch of Rossotrudnichestvo in your country and the local education ministry. The short-listed applicants will be contacted for an interview or test.
4. Select the university
If you have passed the test, you can send requests directly to six universities, where you would like to study. If your application gets rejected by all six, the Russian Ministry of Education is obliged to offer you a place at another university.
5. Get ready for life in Russia!
When the university confirms your enrollment (usually in July), you can start preparing for your new life in Russia. Don’t forget to brush up your Russian!