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Government to help 37 universities reach world-class status with subsidies

Kyodo

The education ministry said Friday it will give financial support to 37 public and private universities looking to become more international in scope and viewpoint, and become world-class research institutions.

The schools, dubbed “super global universities,” were chosen from 104 applicants by a ministry-appointed panel of experts. They will hold the status from Oct. 1 to the end of fiscal 2023.

Thirteen schools, including the University of Tokyo and Tohoku University in Miyagi Prefecture, were chosen to aim for top-level education and research. They will each receive a different amount of financial aid, with the standard set at ¥420 million a year.

Kyoto-based Ritsumeikan University and 23 others will serve as models for globalized schools and receive a total of around ¥172 million annually.

The schools will fulfill their roles according to their own plans. They are expected to cooperate with top universities abroad, for example through the establishment of jointly operated graduate schools, according to the ministry.

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