Enrolment quotas not met at 53.3% of private universities

For the first time ever, more than half of Japan’s private universities were unable to fill their enrolment quotas for the school year that began in April, reports The Asahi Shimbun.

The Promotion and Mutual Aid Corporation for Private Schools of Japan released the results of its study on 30 August, with 600 educational institutions disclosing this academic year’s enrolment figures. Of those who responded, 53.3%, mainly smaller private universities, said they fell short of their enrolment goals.

The percentage of private universities failing to meet their enrolment quotas has been rising since the late 1990s alongside a decline in the number of 18-year-olds. Private universities depend on student tuition for about 80% of their revenue, meaning that not having enough students directly affects their financial standings.
Full report on The Asahi Shimbun site