Bangalore: Many Indians have heard of
Japanese companies such as Suzuki and Toyota but any takers
for the University of Tokyo? Very, very few.
Now 13 core Japanese universities are keen to attract
more Indian students by raising their profile in this country
by showcasing the benefits of higher education in the world`s
second most innovative nation.
The University of Tokyo, ranked the world`s seventh
top-most varsity, today announced the opening of its India
office here to serve as a liaison office for all 13
universities seeking to enhance awareness on higher education
opportunities, and providing information and assistance for
And it has roped in a strong ambassador in software icon
and Chairman Emeritus of Infosys Ltd, N R Narayana Murthy, who
also serves as a member of the President`s Council, the
University of Tokyo.
Putting his stamp of approval for "smart youngsters" to
opt for higher education in Japan, Murthy referred to the
country`s stature in terms of economy and innovative spirit
and "extraordinary culture and language", besides Tokyo being
a beautiful city and the safest in the world.
Currently, about 500 Indian students are studying in
Japan, officials said.
In the University of Tokyo which has a student strength
of 30,000, international students account for 3,000, including
1,000 Chinese, 600 Koreans and a mere 35 Indians.
"...we would like to increase that number (Indian
students) rapidly. We are totally unsatisfied with 35,"
Professor Akihiko Tanaka, Vice-President of the University of
Tokyo, told a press conference here.
Murthy, Chairman of the University of Tokyo Alumni
Association Shrikrishna Kulkarni and Director of the
University of Tokyo (India Office) Hiroshi Yoshino expressed
the view that it is only a matter of time before Indian
students look at Japan as an education destination.