JAPAN: Three countries develop academic credit system

Japan has decided to draw up a new framework in conjunction with China and South Korea to allow universities in all three countries to integrate methods to evaluate students' academic achievements and certify academic credits, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry hopes the collaboration will encourage more students to study abroad.

Currently, individual universities in the three countries swap academic credits with each other at their own discretion. University education differs among the three countries, as do the number of academic credits required to graduate.

The ministry is keen to expand the standardisation to also cover universities in member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. It plans to hold an initial meeting in Bangkok this moth to lay the groundwork for the plan.
Full report on The Yomiuri Shimbun site