New screening styles at top universities

The University of Tokyo and Kyoto University are scheduled to introduce recommendation-based admissions, as well as so-called admission office exams based on interviews and essays for the first time this autumn, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Taken ahead of the Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry’s planned reform of college and university entrance examinations, the move by the two universities reflects a sense of crisis that they will not be able to survive amid international competition if they stick to conventional knowledge-based exams.

“We want students who are able to present problems by themselves and are capable of taking on those problems,” University of Tokyo Vice-President Hiroo Fukuda said at a study meeting in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, in early January.
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