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Japanese universities will teach in English


The Japan Times has reported that Toshiaki Endo, head of the panel, will push to have some of its proposals included in the LDP’s campaign pledges for July’s upper house election.

The university proposal is part of a suite of policies to bolster English language levels, adopted by the panel in April. The 30 universities would enter student exchange partnerships with overseas colleges, and would conduct more than half of their lectures in English.

The government would support another 100 universities to develop “special education programs for practical English”.

Under the proposals, the Test of English as a Foreign Language would be mandatory both for enrolment and graduation from public universities. Enrolment would require scores of at least 45, while English teachers would need at least 80.

The panel also proposes measures to double doctoral graduations in maths and science to 35,000 a year, the paper reported.

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