University of Tokyo may switch to quarters
Japan Times -- Jun 20
The University of Tokyo may replace its two-semester academic year with a quarter system to make it easier to shift to fall enrollment and line up with international standards.

Known as Todai, the nation's most prestigious university released a report Wednesday compiled and submitted to its board earlier this month by a university panel that is recommending the four-quarter system.

The panel discussing the university's basic policies, including the timing for starting the academic year in autumn, was set up last year after President Junichi Hamada announced in 2011 his intention to introduce fall enrollment by 2015.

The difficulty of changing the social environment to allow such a dramatic break from tradition led the panel to come up with the quarterly system.

Source: Japan Times
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