AHMEDABAD: Studying in Japan is substantially less costly
compared to US or UK. Moreover, knowing the Japanese language to pursue
education in Japan is surely useful, but not mandatory at all. These valuable
pieces of information were provided at the two-day Japan Education Fair being
organized for the first time in Gujarat at Ahmedabad Management Association
Daisuke Kodama, first secretary of the Embassy of Japan in
New Delhi said that there are a total of 80 national universities, 90 public
universities and about 600 private universities across Japan. Though it is
always valuable to know some amount of Japanese, but it doesn't stand
compulsory for a foreign student. Many universities across the country offer
selected fields in English. As a part of the "Global 30" initiative, top 30
universities across Japan are inviting applications from students across the
world to pursue higher education.
Kodama mentioned that it costs around INR 10 Lakhs to INR 13
Lakhs to pursue higher education in Japan. This cost goes at least two to three
times higher when studying in USA or UK. Moreover, a lot of Japanese
universities offer a complete tuition fee waiver for maintaining a global
environment in their campuses.
Also present at the event was Mr Mukesh Patel, president of
Indo-Japan Friendship Association in Gujarat. He stated that Indian students
haven't taken much notice of Japan being an educational hub for higher
education. He was particularly happy with the response shown towards this
initiative, and deemed the education fair as being successful.
The second day of the fair included robotics workshops,
wherein the participants were trained to make their own robots. One to one
counselling sessions were also organized by representatives from 5 Japanese
universities, for interested students.