05 May 2009

Studying at Japanese universities

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Okinawa Technological Graduate University Shooting for 2012 Start

A proposed 2012 start might mean that this too is a project that is floundering. It seems the Japanese government wants the new institution to bring in a lot of world class researchers with their own money. But if they had their own money, it seems doubtful that most world class researchers would want to move to a rural part of Okinawa Honto, even if it has great natural beauty. Also, the idea of getting businesses to establish themselves in the area before the university is actually up and running sounds dubious at best. Certainly Boston (see the article) is not the model to try and emulate. A better and more realistic model might be how the immediate areas around Japan's other 'universities of science and technology' were developed. The bad news is that those places still feel like the 'sticks' and what got built was done through generous government subsidies. It seems the government has lost that generosity. This project looks to be headed for a disaster, as does the proposed joint Malaysia-Japan university, as yet to be built at some location outside Kuala Lumpur.

As for the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, it's still not too late to re-consider. How about an All Asian College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and Tourism instead?


New graduate school feeling its way toward 2012 opening

Date Posted: 2008-08-15
A steering committee preparing for Okinawa Technological Graduate University’s opening in four years has its hands full, sorting through dozens of issues that include everything from funding to recruiting a world class staff and faculty.

The school is developing its operational framework, and just held a conference in Tokyo to get ideas on how best to merge the concepts of a private university with the necessity of drawing government funding. Some problems are anticipated, university leaders concede, but say the Okinawa Technical Graduate University will be the very best in Japan.

“We’re inviting the top people and excellent professors (to join our faculty and staff),” the steering committee says, “so we need to give them enough of a budget, and need to create rules that are very flexible and give them freedom for study.” The committee is working with the central government and with Okinawa Prefecture to obtain a satisfactory level of funding, and is developing corporate and university rules.

“We don’t give support for nothing,” the government is already cautioning the steering committee. “We are not going to support the university forever, and if the university becomes popular and draws students from all over the world, we need to make this university a private system, education leaders in Tokyo say. They are advising the new school to “study other business schools’ systems, and look to private companies who can invest money or donate money, or the school itself should make the students pay enough to cover the costs for having high grade professors.”

The central government has pledged it is “just helping at the beginning, until the school is on track for economical recovery. After that, the school will have to go by itself.” Education officials say the new school must plant seeds now, because “we need to see results after five years operations, and then look to the future. If nothing comes out, that’s the end of the money.”

The university is supposed to open in 2012. The steering committee is now wrestling with finding 30 professors with outstanding qualifications, and then getting the town surrounding the school set up to handle them. University officials say they new town must attract business-related industries and employees, modeling the community after successful American cities such as Boston.

Japan and Egypt to start joint university of science and technology

It seems very much like the Japan-Malaysia project, with an agreement that kicks the whole thing off and a schedule that sounds far too ambitious. If the project got started in August 2008, one has to wonder, for a start, why it took them over half a year to make a real announcement.

It seems like a lot of universities have signed on 'in support', but it seems doubtful as to whether any organization is really taking on the responsibilities of making sure this gets started in a sustainable way. It's the same with the Japan-Malaysia project.



E-JUST is a joint Egyptian and Japanese university that is based on close 'partnership' between the two governments. The university is targetting 'world class' research and teaching quality with regional and global reach.

The implementation of this pioneer project has started in August 2008. It has been decided to start a postgraduate program in September 2009 in a temporary location in Mubarak City for Science and Technology Applications (MuCSAT) and for the fully fledged operation of both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs to start in September 2011.

Declaration Signing

His Excellency the prime minister Dr Ahmed Nazif has kindly witnessed signing the 'Bilateral Agreement' of E-JUST. The declaration is signed by His Excellency the minister of Higher Education and Research Dr Hany Hilal, Her Excellency the minister of International Cooperation Mrs. Fayza Aboulnaga, and his Excellency ambassador of Japan Mr. Kaoru Ishikawa.

The signing ceremony was held on March the 26th, 2009, at the Smart Village, Cairo. The event is also announced at the MOFA website.


Consortium E-JUST Supporting Bodies

E-JUST supporting bodies are:

* A consortium of 12 top Universities from Japan, and 8 Universities from Egypt, and MuCSAT in Borg el Arab
* An expert team from Egyptian Universities and Industry
* Dedicated Japanese partners from MEXT, JICA, MOFA and other Japanese stakeholders.

Japanese Supporting University Consortium (JSUC)

* Hokkaido University
* Keio University
* Kyoto University
* Kyushu University
* Nagoya University
* Osaka University
* Ritsumeikan University
* Tohoku University
* Tokyo Institute of Technology
* University of Tokyo
* Waseda University
* Kyoto Institute of Technology

Egyptian Supporting University/Research Institutes Consortium (ESURC)

* Cairo University
* Alexandria University
* Ain-Shams University
* Assiut University
* Mansourah University
* Tanta University
* Suez-Canal University
* Zagazig University
* Mubarak City for Scientific Research and Technology Applications

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