Avatar robot allows Hiroshima students to attend classes from hospital beds
The education board in Hiroshima Prefecture has pioneered the use of a pint-sized “surrogate robot” to realize what was previously considered impossible: allowing hospitalized students to take classes remotely without being monitored by teachers. The success of the board’s tech-savvy initiative, considered an educational first in Japan, has prompted the education ministry to relax rigid requirements that have long prevented many hospitalized high school students from qualifying for class attendance.
English only: Japan colleges teach how to speak with the world
Nestled in the wooded mountains of Japan's northwest lies a small liberal arts college that has pioneered an all-out method to raise the English-language skills of its students -- total immersion. All classes and daily interactions are conducted in English at the school.
Reforming education for Society 5.0
Society 5.0 is the name the government has given to a new society to be brought about by progress in such technologies as artificial intelligence, robotics, self-driving vehicles and the internet of things. If such a naming is to be accepted, it is logical to assume that there existed in human history societies 1.0 through 4.0. They were, in chronological order, the hunting society, farming society, industrial society and the information society. Today we live in the information society, but the transition to Society 5.0 is just around the corner.
EU and Japan select first Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programmes
EU and Japan are partnering up to offer joint degree programs under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Partnerships. Switzerland is participating as an associate partner in the Master of Science in Imaging and Light in Extended Reality program between Toyohashi University of Technology and the University of Eastern Finland, one of the three programs selected by the European Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Foster talented individuals through International Science Olympiads
Students representing Japan have done well again at this year’s International Science Olympiads, at which high school pupils and equivalent-level students from various countries use their intellect to compete in a variety of scientific fields. Excellent individuals should be fostered extensively.