A survey conducted by a marketing group shows that 40% of Japanese university students who enrolled this spring don’t have the desire or are unwilling to pursue further studies abroad. This survey comes after last week’s report by the Ministry of Education that 1 out of 5 university students graduating may not have a secure job and brings about questions on fresh graduates’ job qualifications.
In the survey conducted by Recruit Marketing Partners Co last March and April, 38.6% of the freshmen respondents are reluctant to study in other countries, 25.6% do not want to do so at all and 12.9% don’t like the idea of studying abroad. However, 33.4% are willing to take further studies abroad, 17% are hoping to have the chance to do so and 16.4% would take the chance if it’s offered to them. The number of students who are unwilling are down 1.8% from the last survey in 2011 while those who want to do so are slightly up at .6%. The numbers also show that there were more females who were willing to study abroad than males.
When asked for their reasons why they do not want to study abroad, using multiple choice options, 44% cited the financial implications while 43.8% were worried about the language barriers. Those who want to do so were also asked for their reasons. 74.8% said that they want to communicate in a foreign language and 35.7% said it would be a distinct advantage when securing employment. The study released by the Ministry of Education last week said that 20.7% or roughly 100,000 graduates are not sure about finding secure employment when they graduate this spring.
[ via Mainichi ]
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