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Sunday, January 09, 2011

The University of What?????

The University of Nova?

The last I checked, April 1st is still a few months away, but that's the question the Yomiuri shimbun asks in a brief article about G.communication's attempt at running a university.
According to the article, G.communication, through its largest shareholder, Inayoshi Capital Partners (ICP), is putting the final touches on plans to take over a private university in the Tokai region and may also involve changing its name to the University of Nova. The Yomiuri doesn't name the university, but I wonder if it isn't Aichi Gakuin University. Back in 2008, Nova opened a school on its campus.
While the Yomiuri calls the takeover of a university by an eikaiwa "extremely unusual" I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's unheard of. According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in order for a business to take over a university, it would have to fund the founding institution behind the university and then either send directors to the university's board or create a new education institution.    Read More