Japan is classed as one of the best educated countries in the world. Recent figures indicate that 46% of the population aged 25 to 64 had completed tertiary education, compared with the OECD average of 31%, ranking it third out of 36 countries. Financial investment in education is a priority for the Japanese Government and average annual expenditure on education services per tertiary student is significantly higher than in other OECD countries. There is also a substantial, market-driven private university sector.

However, universities across Japan are increasingly facing challenges caused by the demographic decline in the number of young people. In response to demographic changes and an identified need for engagement in an increasingly globalised world, the government has taken steps to attract foreign students to Japanese institutions. But this is not without its challenges.

OECD, Education at a Glance 2013: Japan, 2013

Table of Contents

  • Overview of Higher Education
    • National Universities
    • Public Universities
    • Private Universities
    • Professional Graduate Schools
    • Junior Colleges
  • Entrance examination
    • Center Test for university admissions
    • Recommendation entrance exam
    • AO entrance exam
    • Entrance exam for working adults
  • Internationalisation and its limits
    • Top Global University Project
    • Inter-University Exchange Project
    • Japan Revitalisation Strategy
    • International Students in Japan
    • University Degree Courses Offered in English
    • Examination for Japanese University Admission for International Students
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