2 Tokyo Universities Announce Launch of Integration Talks
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Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Institute of Technology and Tokyo Medical and Dental University, both national universities in Japan, announced Tuesday that they will start talks on their integration.
The two, which are among the country's leading universities in terms of science and engineering, and medical research capabilities, respectively, are seen aiming to enhance their international competitiveness through the integration.
They are also expected to seek to be selected for a government program to create world-leading universities in Japan. Starting in fiscal 2024, the initiative will provide tens of billions of yen in state aid a year per certified university using investment returns from a 10-trillion-yen fund to be set up by the government.
The government will start to accept applications for the program later this year, with only several universities slated to be picked.
After a series of talks on the two universities' partnership, Tokyo Institute of Technology President Kazuya Masu and Tokyo Medical and Dental University President Yujiro Tanaka agreed that they should consider integration, according to the announcement.
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