The Japanese governmentís original plan started in 2009 by MEXT or Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology was to launch the Global 30 program, with the aim of enrolling 300,000 international students in Japanís 13 leading universities. However, only 3% of overseas students have joined institutions in Japan which makes it approximately 138,000 foreign students in the country in 2012.
Following this, a new Super Global program was begun in 2013 which aimed at increasing foreign-student enrollment, research associations and educational flexibility for 30 institutions in the country. The changes that will be incorporated in a bid to enhance student recruitment are introduction of degree programs with English as the medium of instruction and allowing dual or joint-degree programs in association with foreign partners. Abe said that over the next three years, eight Japanese universities would hire 1500 international faculty people.
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