Temple University Japan Campus starts blending into Musashi University.

From Japan Today, a report that Temple Japan is going to begin a partnership with Musashi University, that students on the one campus will be able to take their “abroad” courses right in convenient, downtown Tokyo.

If you read this as I do, it’s a sign of what Temple Japan campus is going to be, six or seven years down the road:   an international-style faculty that is based at some college in the Kantou region.    The tie up with Musashi is basically admitting that Temple Japan can’t draw enough Japanese students on its own independent efforts.

As we see this week with Dartmouth, universities are never very good at owning up to bad news, or bad developments.   Reporters don’t make the effort to find out what goes on at these billion dollar budget institutions, because there aren’t a lot of leads, and the governance is very corporate.   Unless a school choose to be candid about developments in their bailiwick, its left to outside observers to conclude what seems apparent, from the amount that is shared.

If you were a Musashi student, and you wanted an American-style education, but the convenience of Tokyo, you would just go and enroll at Temple Japan.    Now, you are being offered Temple Japan, because Temple Japan can’t get the students.   Sure, it might be worth taking classes there—as long as your main school credits them.   And any future employer or graduate program respects those as well.



4 Replies to “Temple University Japan Campus starts blending into Musashi University.”

  1. You know what a Ponzi scheme is? Temple “University” Japan is one. A few people on top line their pockets. A few people with media presence (e.g. Kingston) are sold to the public as big stars. The rest of the faculty, many poorly qualified, are happy to have jobs.

    Interesting also is the unusual 1:3.5 faculty to staff ratio. The staff is Stronach’s power base. Stronach certainly is the most ignorant, most incompetent, and laziest president of that language school. President? Yes, because Temple “University” Japan does not even exist. Only TESS is a legal entity, a Japanese firm with a capital of 3 million yen. And TESS buys the program from Temple Main on a franchise basis. TESS owns nothing, it only rents space. It can close down shop at any time.

    Language school? Yes, their new Japanese Major serves to lock in foreign students in return for a visa (language schools in Tokyo sponsor students too for a lot less!). None of these poor devils ever learn the language. Most Japanese students graduate without being able of writing a decent paper in English (the Writing Center staffed with foreigners helps them to get passed). Needless to say that they are in their vast majority incapable of presenting and discussing complex issues. In recent semesters it has become the norm to do PowerPoint presentations where the presenters read from the slides. Even most “professors” do. Some, like Linley, even copy the stuff from the Internet. Party school, that’s what it is.

    1. These are interesting observations. I concluded, a long time ago, that the Japan operations of Temple University are highly subsidized by the main campus, which, in turn, gets over $100 million a year from the citizens of Pennsylvania.

      Temple University just hasn’t been very honest about what it costs them to do business in Japan. And how it’s a net loser. They’d do better just cutting checks to any undergraduate who wants to do a semester abroad in Japan.

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