KYOTO – Kyoto University said Thursday it will admit 17 applicants who were rejected after taking its entrance exam last February that contained a physics question with no possible answer.
Of those who passed, 11 will be allowed to switch to the faculties of their choice.
“It’s extremely regrettable,” Executive Vice President Masao Kitano told a news conference. “We sincerely apologize to the related people and everyone in the country.”
Kyoto University President Juichi Yamagiwa said the school would take steps to properly respond to the blunder.
The university opened an internal investigation after outsiders pointed out that it was impossible to answer the flawed physics question, which dealt with the transmission of sound.
A total of 4,429 applicants for seven faculties at the prestigious university took the exam containing the flawed question. After learning of the blunder, the school gave a passing score on the question to all the exam takers and reassessed their admission decisions.
The blunder was the second of its kind concerning an entrance exam used by an elite national university last year. In January, Osaka University admitted to errors in its physics questions and decided to admit 30 applicants who were mistakenly failed.