Dec 18, 2014

More struggling to get handle on student loans

by Makoto Nishimura

An increasing number of students are struggling to pay education loans and more than 6,000 lawsuits were filed over the fallout in the 2013 academic year alone. Kazuya Fujishima, 29, a graduate student at Hokkaido University, owes some ¥10 million in an interest-bearing loan ...

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Dec 18, 2014

College professors turn to TV's 'Simpsons'

Bart and Lisa Simpson have been in elementary school for 25 years, but that hasn’t stopped them from showing up on college campuses. Universities across the U.S. are using satirical references from “The Simpsons” to grab students’ attention and convey lessons in literature and ...

Dec 5, 2014

China gains foothold on American campuses, scholars say

China’s authoritarian government is gaining a foothold on American campuses by funding dozens of institutes that project a rose-tinted view of the Asian nation that compromises the academic integrity of U.S. universities, a congressional hearing has been told. Scholars of China testified that these ...

Dec 3, 2014

About 100 brains missing from University of Texas

The University of Texas at Austin is missing about 100 brains — about half of the specimens the university had in a collection of brains preserved in jars of formaldehyde. One of the missing brains is believed to have belonged to clock tower sniper ...

Nov 24, 2014

Korean exam chief resigns over bungled questions

South Korea’s education minister apologized and the head of the national exam board resigned Monday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country’s cutthroat college entrance exam. The acknowledgement that mistakes were made followed a flood of complaints to the ...

Nov 17, 2014

Number of Japanese students at U.S. colleges dips 1.2%

Japanese students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities decreased by 1.2 percent to around 19,000 in the 2013-2014 academic year, although they remained the seventh-most numerous in the country, the New York-based Institute of International Education said Monday. Japanese accounted for 2.2 percent of ...

| Oct 26, 2014

The world still needs to learn Japanese

For the attention of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren): I have previously addressed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in this forum about the necessity for Japan to internationalize further, especially by developing English skills. However, at the same time, I believe the world also needs ...

Oct 24, 2014

Google teams with Oxford to teach machines to think like humans

Google on Thursday announced a partnership with artificial intelligence teams at Oxford University to teach machines to think like people. Oxford professors behind spinoff startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory will work with DeepMind, a London-based startup that Google bought early this year. ...

Universities aim to boost their global ranking

Oct 22, 2014

Universities aim to boost their global ranking

by Mami Maruko

The government has announced it will provide funding to 37 leading public and private universities in a bid to boost their global competitiveness. They will receive annual grants for up to 10 years to boost the number of foreign staff, secure more overseas admissions ...