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Now Japanese universities woo Indian students

Many Indians have heard of Japanese companies such as Suzuki and Toyota but any takers for the University of Tokyo? Very, very few. Now 13 core Japanese universities are keen to attract more Indian students by raising their profile in this country by showcasing the benefits of higher education in the world’s second most innovative nation.

The University of Tokyo, ranked the world’s seventh top-most varsity, announced the opening of its India office here to serve as a liaison office for all 13 universities seeking to enhance awareness on higher education opportunities, and providing information and assistance for students.

And it has roped in a strong ambassador in software icon and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Ltd, N R Narayana Murthy, who also serves as a member of the President’s Council, the University of Tokyo. Putting his stamp of approval for “smart youngsters” to opt for higher education in Japan, Murthy referred to the country’s stature in terms of economy and innovative spirit and “extraordinary culture and language”, besides Tokyo being a beautiful city and the safest in the world.

Currently, about 500 Indian students are studying in Japan, officials said. In the University of Tokyo which has student strength of 30,000, international students account for 3,000, including 1,000 Chinese, 600 Koreans and a mere 35 Indians. “…we would like to increase that number (Indian students) rapidly.

We are totally unsatisfied with 35,” Professor Akihiko Tanaka, Vice-President of the University of Tokyo, told a press conference here. Murthy, Chairman of the University of Tokyo Alumni Association Shrikrishna Kulkarni and Director of the University of Tokyo (India Office) Hiroshi Yoshino expressed the view that it is only a matter of time before Indian students look at Japan as an education destination. 

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