University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1155
Survey Title 65th Fact-finding Survey on the Students' Life in University of Tokyo, 2015
Depositor Student Committee of The University of Tokyo
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Summary The University of Tokyo Student Committee Student Life Survey Office has conducted the "Fact-finding Survey on Student Life at the University of Tokyo" of University of Tokyo students every year since 1950, excluding 1952 (the year of the basic survey on student health insurance) and 1968 (the year of the University of Tokyo Protests).

The initial aim of the survey was to delineate the situation of hardship in student life, with a focus on economic aspects, or, in other words, to investigate levels of poverty. After the period of rapid economic growth, however, the survey was expanded to investigate a wide variety of aspects of student life in addition to economic aspects, including campus life, worries and anxiety, expectations of university, and values.

The 65th survey targeted male and female graduate students. As such, the focus of the survey items was on the lifestyles of graduate students. Specifically, items relating to reasons for entering graduate school, participation in conferences/research activity, employment, anxiety/worries, expectations of university, family situation, state of living expenses, research scholarships and scholarships, part-time job (arubaito) and living circumstances, and support systems for research and student life, etc., were included.
Data Type quantitative research
quantitative research: micro data
Universe Male and female graduate students enrolled in the University of Tokyo
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size Survey sample: 2,508
Response rate: 43.9%
Date of Collection 2015-11 ~ 2015-12
Late November to late December 2015
Time Period 2015 ~ 2015
Spatial Unit tokyo
Within the University of Tokyo
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
1/4 of enrolled students were randomly sampled in each group of affiliated departments.
Mode of Data Collection Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
A postal survey was carried out, which was filled in by the targets themselves (self-reporting)
Investigator Student Committee of The University of Tokyo
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1155
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation [Chosa-hyo][Syukei-hyo]
Major Survey Items (1) Basic Items
Gender, age, course/year, affiliated department, main place for carrying out research, campus respondent commutes to, university graduated from, experience as a working member of society, year of enrollment, etc.

(2) Objective for entering graduate school
Objective, motivation, other paths that were considered, etc.

(3) Regarding research activities and participation in conferences
Number of academic societies affiliated with (domestic/international), number of presentations/participation in conferences over the last year, experience of conducting research study overseas, experience of overseas study/desire to study overseas, student exchange program, language used in research, view on and satisfaction with research outputs, plan to write a doctoral dissertation, satisfaction level with everyday life in the research lab, utilization of study space in current research lab, presence of own/a shared desk, amount of research costs shouldered by respondent, experience of being an adjunct instructor/TA/RA at a university or junior college, average time spent on research (daily, weekly), number of days per week spent on campus, frequency of being at the campus outside of regular hours (night, weekends/holidays), number of times being at the campus past 9 pm, average number of times or whether the respondent is at the campus on weekends or public holidays (including daytime) once the winter semester starts.

(4) Regarding employment
Desired pathway after completing course (master's course/doctoral course), desired path after completing doctoral program, expected time between completing doctoral program and getting an educational or research post, desired future employer, employment prospects, source of information regarding job searches, etc.

(5) Regarding anxiety and worries
Anxiety and worries regarding student life (studies, employment, future direction, etc.), person available to confide in (father/mother, friend in same department or research lab, etc.), frequency of consultation, experiences and worries in the last six months, physical ailment and treatments thereof over the past year, awareness of university consultation services, etc.

(6) Expectations of university
Importance of university's contribution to society and initiatives toward internationalization, Anything the respondent particularly requires or expects of the university

(7) Regarding home situation
Location of family home, marital status, number of children/care of children, number of people in family, main breadwinner, income of main breadwinner, parents' occupation (father's occupation, mother's occupation, own occupation)

(8) Regarding state of living expenses
State of living expenses (expense items/income items)

(9) Regarding research scholarships and scholarships
Research scholarship from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science or other scholarship, main expenditure of scholarship-type allowance, whether the respondent is receiving a regular scholarship-type allowance

(10) Regarding part-time job (arubaito) and living circumstances
Part-time job (arubaito) over the past year (type, time, income, purpose, obstacles to study), current living circumstances, etc.

(11) Regarding support structure for research and student life
Public transport used to commute to university, time needed for one-way commute, level of satisfaction with extra-curricular facilities and health and welfare facilities, etc.

*For details on survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
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