Jul 16, 2014

Speech rules turn college into no-thought zone

by Virginia Postrel

In the U.S., vague bans on "offensive" language and other "politically correct" measures that most people think of when they imagine college speech codes are increasingly being joined by quarantine policies that restrict all student speech, regardless of its content.

Entrance exams get failing grade

| Dec 2, 2013

Entrance exams get failing grade

by Tomohiro Osaki

National university exams are notorious for their emphasis on book learning. Once a year, examinees throng test sites, doing their best to regurgitate heaps of facts in the hopes of getting into the university of their choice. Once done, however, the pressure to study ...

Online courses: Collegiate equalizer?

| Oct 28, 2013

Online courses: Collegiate equalizer?

by Mizuho Aoki

The latest trend in online education is taking the academic world by storm. From around 2011, a group of U.S. universities or professors launched start-ups to provide courses taken at elite universities free to anyone with Internet access. By signing on to a website ...

TEAP stresses pragmatic approach

| Sep 16, 2013

TEAP stresses pragmatic approach

by Tomohiro Osaki

As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party forges ahead with its strategy of nurturing “internationally minded” talent to aid economic growth, the prospect that students’ scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be used as criteria for entering ...

Aug 8, 2013

1 in 5 university grads without secure jobs

A preliminary report by the education ministry shows that roughly 1 in 5 of the country’s university graduates this spring were either jobless or without secure employment. The 20.7 percent of graduates in the category represented a 2.2 percentage point decline from a year ...