Todai (東大) vs Kyodai (京大) vs Handai (阪大)
Hee... fish fish feel like having a rest on food posts today. So, let talks about something trivia, which was inpsired by TV this morning, and oso inspired by a fren's email, suggesting I tell more bout cultural stuffs. Ok, so I think I will try to post some of the knowledge about Japan from time to time, this very isolated island in Asia, and yet not totally Asia.
I've been in Japan for 3 years 8 months. This is a very meaningful figure for Malaysians. 3 years 8 months. Hmm...
Japan has many many universities. Too many... with some new one coming up, and some unsuccessful one just fade away silently. (But I'm sure more than 800 uni). It's not a difficult task to enroll into a university... but to get into one of those top uni, it is very very hard for a Japanese. Tokyo University (東京大学), shortly 東大, Kyoto University (京都大学), shortly 京大, and Osaka University (大阪大学), shortly 阪大 are the 3 top of the cream. So, those who get into these 3 universities, are considered the elite group in Japan. (My talk not including famous private uni.)
In fact, even though Japan has many universities, not many are national universities (国立, Kokuritsu). Some are prefectural universities (府立, Furitsu or 県立, Kenritsu) and municipal universities (市立, Shiritsu). But mostly are private universities (私立, it is supposed to read as Shiritsu, but to differentiate from the municipal, it is sometimes being called as Watashiritsu). All national universities are famous universities in Japan. Under the Old Imperial Universities (旧帝国大学) in Japan, among these national universities, there are 9 famous universities, even remaining until today. Besides the 3 I mentioned above, the other famous in Japan including Tohoku University (東北大学), Nagoya University (名古屋大学), Kyushu University (九州大学) and Hokkaido University (北海道大学). Yap there were only 7 left in Japan, as the other 2 are Seoul National University (ソウル大学) in Korea and National Taipei University (国立台北大学) in Taiwan, which were once under the Japan's ruling.
Tokyo University is in Kantou (関東) area, where as Kyoto University and Osaka University is in Kansai (関西). There has been a famous saying in Japan that "Tokyo University produces Politicians, Kyoto University produces Scholars and Osaka University produces Businessmen". In fact, in some sense it is true cause a lot of politicians in Japan were from Todai, Kyoto University hv the most Nobel prize winners in Japan, and many famous Japanese companies that we know today, the owners were once in Osaka University.
Heee... from what I observed, the most interesting point is not the fame of these 3 universities, but the delicate position among these universities. Tokyo people will say Todai is the best. So do the same situation for Kyoto and Osaka people. The situation especially sentitive for Todai vs Kyodai. :P
In fact, I've heard cases whereby students who tried to apply to shift from Kyodai to Todai or vice versa, for further studies, frequently need to put more effort in that, despite their entrance exam for that school is good.
This was a true case I know. A fren of mine trying to shift from Kyodai to Todai for furthering a graduate study. He took the exam. But he didn't get it. He was so sure the questions in papers he answered well. So, when he asked why he wasn't chosen for entering the school... the sensei answered him: "All the subjects of urs are good, so I do not know which suitable field should I put you in." Geee... wat a reason.
But unavoidably, these 2 unis' sensei always hv to do interaction in their fields. Heee...
Hope u have a good reading today. :)
I'm off for buying light bulb. :P