The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) issued a notice requesting the abolition and organizational restructuring of faculty of teacher training and faculty of humanities and social sciences due to the national major reform. In order to form an agreement on university reform, we issued a statement calling for the establishment of a forum where universities, academia, industry, and the general public can freely exchange opinions.At the same time, he urged the government to respect and implement the recommendations obtained in a wide range of discussions as much as possible.
According to the statement, the Japan Academic Council will also discuss how to allocate the budget for the development of the next generation, including higher education and financial expenditures for the aging society such as pensions and medical care amid the deterioration of national finances. We are requesting that we consider it at the same time as the discussion on university reform.He also suggested that financial support be enhanced in order to realize voluntary reforms while the university reforms are being implemented.
In June, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology issued a notice to the National University requesting the abolition and organizational restructuring of the Faculty of Teacher Training and the Faculty of Human and Social Studies.While there were voices of opposition from national universities and academia asking for the abolition of the Faculty of Arts, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology said that the abolition was limited to a part of the Faculty of Teacher Training, and it was only a field with high social demand. It is a misunderstanding that it is a misunderstanding that the whole liberal arts is abolished.
Regarding this point, the statement said that he understood the idea of the Ministry of Education behind the notice, but pointed out that it is difficult to read this point from the text of the notice.We urged the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to continue to distribute documents stating their true intentions, while continuing to provide polite explanations and making efforts to resolve misunderstandings at home and abroad.