Like most countries, there are a few different higher educational institutions in Japan that produce different talents to suit different industries. In general, there are 3 main institutions in Japan; Universities, Short-term universities / Junior college and Senmon-Gakko. 


There are around 800 universities in Japan that separate into 3 different categories; National, Public and Private.

National Universities

The national universities of Japan tend to be the largest educational institutions in Japan. They are funded by the entire nation and receives the highest budget.

Public Universities

The public universities in Japan are mainly funded by the local entity and run by the local prefecture. These public universities tend to be a little smaller as compare to the national universities.

Private universities

There are more than 600 private universities in Japan and they account for about 75% of the entire universities students population in the country. These universities tend to have better facilities tailored to the targeted industries.

All of these universities have similar program duration:

- Bachelor's Degree, 4 years
- Master's Degree, 2 years
- Doctorate Degree, 5 years

Short-Term University / Junior College

These colleges provide Junior College Associate's Degree that lasts about 2 to 3 year. Most of these degrees are related to humanities, sociology, education and home economics.

Senmon-Gakko / Specialised Training College

These institutions provide vocational training that lasts about 2 years in general. The training form these institutions are mainly focus on skill, technology and knowledge needed in daily life. 

Entry for Malaysian

Similar to all countries, Japanese university entry requirement is a minimum of 12 years education. Malaysian SPM student, however, may choose to take a foundation course that specifically tailored to students with only 11 years of education. Each university has its own foundation of which that is recognised by the respective institution.

Students with A-levels, UEC, STPM, IB and equivalent may enter Japanese universities programmes that run entirely in English. Thus, each institution has its own language requirements.

Country Facts

- Japanese is the official language of the country.

- Country currency is the Japanese Yen.

- The total landmass of the country is 377, 835 km square.

- Situated on the eastern coast of China, Japan is an archipelago, a string of island that constitutes the nation.

- It is a country that gracefully blends tradition and modern culture that visible in their architecture and social practice.

Population: 126 million


Japan has the second most advanced and developed economy in the world. The major exports of the country are nonother than cars, vehicle parts and the high-tech electronic equipment. Japan is also the 3rd largest vehicle export country in the world.

The main industries in Japan are Agriculture, Manufacturing, Fishing and Tourism. The island nation has produced some of the highest percentages of crops output per acre. The technologically advanced country has also the most developed manufacturing industry where mechanical and automation products are produced with the highest efficiency.


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