Want to study in Japan? Know some Fast Facts about Japan as one of the best study abroad destination.
Japan is made up of an archipelago of some 6,852 islands located in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 126,839,805. It lies in an earthquake-prone oceanic region.Japan is comprised of four main islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Tokyo its capital city is located on the Honshu island with some other big cities like Nagoya, Kawasaki, Saitama, Hiroshima, Yokohama, Osaka, Sendai and many more.
One will find a lot of homogeneity in Japanese society. Ethnic Japanese has a share of 98.5 percent of the country’s population. The central Kansai region encompasses of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe and people here have distinctive language dialects, however, the majority of the country speaks Japanese and English.
Japan is the third-largest economy in the world. For many years before it became a super-power Japanese people suffered prolonged periods of deflation, economic stagnation, and a high rate of unemployment.
Many Japanese companies continued to grow steadily and perform outstandingly even during the world economic crisis. Japan’s corporate sector continued to make records in the technological fields including medical devices, water processing, robotics, clean energy, space engineering, satellite communications, and other high tech industries. Japan’s GDP growth rate is 1.7 %.
Over the years tourism has become a vital part of the Japanese economy and culture. International tourists visit Japan all over the year under many tourism themes and seasons.
Japanese people have harmonious cultural values. Their individualistic approach and attitude welcome all communities, ethnicities and international groups. On the whole, it is a vibrant and colorful country to settle and study in.
Japan Education System
Japan, being the 3rd largest economy and an important part of globalization, has always embraced knowledge-based social and commercial growth. Higher educational institutions have had a crucial role to play in such a highly developed economy.
The educational system is comparatively new and streamlined and the government plans to invite 300,000 international students by 2020 thereby allowing the universities to modify and simplify the application process. Diverse educational and research activities are continuously promoted with coordination between the establishment approval system and quality assurance system. The well-balanced accreditation system helps to maintain the standards of higher education. Academic freedom is welcomed along with equal merit-based opportunities to receive education and employment for every individual.
With more emphasis on International student exchange programs it:
Helps to maintain and improve the international competitiveness
Enhance intellectual contribution
Mutual understanding and friendships with other countries
Japanese Government takes special efforts to accommodate international students and send Japanese students overseas. Many international students and professors are invited regularly to participate in superior quality research and workshops.
Another advantage of studying in Japan is the continuous support given to national, public and private institutions and research activities. A systematic funding structure allows universities to specialize in their functions and promote their programs to international students. It can be divided into:
Funding for basic expenses.
Competitive funds for individual teachers’ research activities.
Financial assistance to students.
Continued efforts to increase the funding based on competition including are intensified.
In Japan, where living costs are higher for international students, it is important to create an environment where they can be financially stable. The Ministry of education offers scholarships to international students and has allowed international students to receive financial aids such as tuition reductions and exemptions.
The Japanese Student Services Organization plays a major role in financial assistance and grants to international students and in the Student Exchange Support Program.
Few schemes under the Scholarship system are:
Japanese Government scholarship student system
Scholarship program for self-financed international students etc.
Financial assistance for educational corporations
Student Exchange Support Program
Higher Education in Japan can be divided into three types of institutions:
Senmon-gakko (specialist schools)
Senmon-Gakko- They are specialist schools (private institutions) offering two – three-year vocational courses. There are over 3,000 schools in Japan with 350 in Tokyo.
Short-term Universities- Similar to specialist schools are Short-term universities that are less vocationally with respect to the programs they offer and are more focused on the integrated curriculum with core and elective subjects. There are around 400 short-term universities and the fee structure is 30% more than that of the specialist schools.
*Variable- This requirement varies according to the program and university
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