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Thursday, 3rd January 2013
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Japanese university students get new term system

Students at Japanese universities are to be given the option to study more intensively under a new system which would allow them to take classes in a quarterly system.

The Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has proposed the changes.

It stated that under the new structure, students would be able to take classes twice a week for eight weeks over the course of one term.

Currently anyone enrolled at a university in Japan has to attend classes in one subject once a week for 15 weeks over the period of one semester.

While there are some 726 universities across Japan, only a handful made it into The Times Higher Education Supplement 2012-2013 top-ranking institutions.

Billed as the "only global university performance table to judge world class universities across all of their core missions," it is arguably difficult to make the list.

The University of Tokyo has hit the number 27 spot scoring 78.3 out of a possible 100. The institute has produced 15 Japanese prime ministers since it was founded in 1877.

Written by Graham McPherson