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Higher Education

Achieving Excellence

One of Shizuoka's great strengths is its quality higher education, and the high percentage of students who benefit from it. As of March 2006, 50.7% of high-school graduates were moving on to some form of higher education (against a national average of 49.3%), with 44.3% going on to university. Shizuoka boasts 19 universities, of which three are national, one is prefectural and the remaining 15 are private. The prefectural University of Shizuoka is particularly active in terms of working to strengthen ties with industry and the local community through joint projects and encourages foreign students to create a strong international environment. It is also particularly successful in terms of graduates securing employment, with a rate near 100%.

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University of Shizuoka

Industry-Academia Ties

Fostering Cooperative Research

Shizuoka is outstanding in terms of the quality and breadth of the work being jointly carried out by academic institutions, research organizations, and industry. The University of Shizuoka was designated as a center for the 21st Century COE (Center of Excellence) Program in 2002 and subsequently received a top rating out of a five-level scale from Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Graduate schools at the university work in areas such as food and drug interactions and highly functional foods. The university also hosts the Center for Drug Discovery, which works with Shizuoka's Pharma Valley Center.

In order to further encourage ties between academia and industry, R&D centers regularly host local graduate students. For example, students from the University of Shizuoka work at the Shizuoka Institute of Environment and Hygiene and are also joined by students at the national Shizuoka University on projects at the Shizuoka Industrial Research Institute.

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Industry and academia join hands to research food and drug interactions.

Overseas Students

Fostering an International Spirit

A growing number of overseas students at Shizuoka’s universities make a positive contribution to fostering a spirit of international understanding. As of May 2006, there were 1,549 foreign students from 39 countries. The majority are from China, but the rest of Asia is also represented, as are Europe and North America. As part of its efforts to attract foreign students, the prefecture offers grants to help with purchases of school materials. Shizuoka has also been encouraging students from overseas to introduce their own cultures to local residents through a program called Fujinokuni Friendship Ambassadors.

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A foreign student introduces his country to local school children.