Akarik Co., Ltd. Survey on the living conditions of graduate students after April 2022 While the research of graduate students is active due to face-to-face classes, they are confused about building friendships. Financially, half of graduate stud

Akarik Co., Ltd.
[Survey on living conditions of graduate students after April 2022] Face-to-face classes have stimulated research among graduate students, but they are confused about building friendships. Financially, half of graduate students rely on public assistance, but suffer from a chronic lack of living expenses.

Akarik Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Ryo Yamada; hereinafter referred to as Akarik), which has been in business for 15 years specializing in career support for engineers and researchers, has targeted 105 graduate students. We would like to inform you that we have conducted a fact-finding survey on graduate school class formats and economic conditions.
Akarik Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President: Ryo Yamada; hereinafter referred to as Akarik), which has been in business for 15 years specializing in career support for engineers and researchers, has targeted 105 graduate students. We would like to inform you that we have conducted a fact-finding survey on graduate school class formats and economic conditions.
summary
25.7% of graduate students said that all classes are held
face-to-face, which means that they have more opportunities to go to laboratories and spend more time on research. On the other hand, the number of people who answered that they were “more confused about building friendships” was about 2.6 times as many as “less less confused about building friendships.”
Regarding the class format that suits them, 43.8% of them are “online class” and 40% are “face-to-face class”, and there is a similar demand for both.
54.3% of graduate students answered that they do not have enough money to live, and 47.6% of them receive financial support from public institutions, but more than half of them always feel that they are short of about 30,000 yen per month.
[Survey overview]
Purpose of the survey: Grasping the actual living situation of graduate students Survey method: Internet survey (survey for crowdsourcing service registrants and Akalik registrants)
Survey period: June 16-June 28, July 28-August 1, 2022
Survey target: Graduate students
Number of valid responses: 105 (Master’s: 64, Doctoral: 41)
About a quarter of graduate students take all classes face-to-face

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When asked, “Are classes currently held face-to-face at the
university?”, 65.7% answered “partial face-to-face”, 25.7% “all face-to-face”, and 7.6% “all non-face-to-face (online)”. This is the answer. About a quarter of graduate students take all classes face-to-face.
“Are classes at the university now conducted face-to-face?”
・ Partial face-to-face: 65.7%
・ All face-to-face: 25.7%
・ All non-face-to-face (online): 7.6%
・Other: 1%
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When asked, “Has anything changed in your life since April 2022? (Multiple answers allowed),” the most common answer was “Going to the laboratory more often” (43), followed by ” I have more time to devote to research” was 37 responses. Since April, he has had more
opportunities to go to the laboratory, and he seems to be spending more time on research.
On the other hand, the number of respondents who answered that they were “more confused about building friendships” was 16, about 2.6 times the number of those who answered that they were less confused about building friendships. With the increased opportunities, it is believed that they have come to recognize the loneliness and difficulties of human relationships that were difficult to feel when working remotely.
“Has anything changed in your life since April 2022? Please select all that apply.”
・Going to the laboratory has increased: 43
・Increased time devoted to research: 37
・None of these apply: 17
・ Increased confusion about building friendships: 16
・Decreased visits to laboratories: 16
・Began to actively participate in class: 14
・Reduced time spent on research: 14
・Reluctant to participate in classes: 13
・It became fun to take classes: 10
・ It became difficult to take classes: 10
・ Less confusion about building friendships: 6
Aptitude with myself is about the same as “online class” and “face-to-face class”
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When asked, “Which do you think is better for you, face-to-face classes or online classes?”, 43.8% said “online classes” and 40% said “face-to-face classes.” I feel that online classes and face-to-face classes are suitable for each class format, and I think it is necessary to investigate other factors such as individual
characteristics and the learning environment.
“Which do you think is better for you, face-to-face classes or online classes?” ・ Online class 43.8%
・ Face-to-face class 40%
・ Neither 12.4%
・Other: 3.8%
Nearly half of graduate students receive financial support from universities, governments, or public institutions
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When I asked, “Are you receiving financial support from the
university, the government, or public institutions when you are enrolled in graduate school? (JSPS Research Fellowship, Grants, Scholarships, etc.)” , 47.6% said yes and 43.8% said no. Nearly half of graduate students receive financial support from public
institutions.
“Are you receiving any financial support from the university, national government, or public institutions when you are enrolled in graduate school? (JSPS research fellowship, subsidies, scholarships, etc.) ・Yes: 47.6%
・No: 43.8%
・ I received it in the past but not now: 8.6%
Living expenses covered by “part-time job”, “remittance”,
“scholarship” and “research scholarship”
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When asked, “How do you cover your daily living expenses? Please select all that apply.” The most common answer was “part-time job” at 58, followed by “remittance from parents or relatives” at 49. 29 for “scholarships” and 14 for “research grants (JSPS)”. It became clear that independent graduate students secure their own living expenses through part-time jobs rather than relying on financial support from relatives.
“How do you usually meet your living expenses? Please select all that apply.” ・ Part-time job: 58
・Remittance from parents and relatives: 49
・Scholarships: 29
・Research Scholarship (JSPS): 14
・Spouse’s salary: 1
・As a working graduate student, there is a certain amount of income: 1 ・ Living at home: 1
・ Own funds: 1
・Research Scholarship (JST Next-Generation Challenging Researcher Development Project): 1
・On-campus research assistant: 1
・ Research assistant reward: 1

More than half of graduate students feel that they do not have enough money to live
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When asked, “Do you feel that your living expenses are insufficient?”, 54.3% answered “Yes” and 45.7% answered “No.” More than half of graduate students seem to feel that they do not have enough money to live on a daily basis.
“Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough money to live on?” ・ “Yes”: 54.3%
・ “No”: 45.7%
More than 190,000 graduate students who feel that living expenses are not enough [Image 7d17667-127-2c02513ea268e4f417d6-6.png&s3=17667-127-776faa0f5273a08b491efaec140f6fa7-960x540.png

When asked, “How much do you feel your monthly living expenses are insufficient? (If it varies from month to month, please select the average amount.)” 10,000 yen or more and less than 30,000 yen” was 26.7%. Although the percentage is small, 1.9% of graduate students answered “190,000 yen or more”. It turns out that more than half of them always feel a shortage of about 30,000 yen per month.
“How much do you feel you are short of living expenses each month? (If it varies from month to month, please select the average amount.)” ・ 0-10,000 yen: 34.3%
・More than 10,000 yen and less than 30,000 yen: 26.7%
・More than 30,000 yen and less than 50,000 yen: 20%
・More than 50,000 yen and less than 70,000 yen: 6.7%
・70,000 yen – less than 90,000 yen: 1%
・90,000 yen – less than 110,000 yen: 1%
・110,000 yen – less than 130,000 yen: 1.9%
・190,000 yen or more: 1.9%
・No answer: 6.7%
summary
This survey will
1) “To what extent are face-to-face classes that have resumed at many universities since April spread, and to what extent are they affected?”
2) “What are the financial challenges faced by graduate students?” For the purpose of understanding this, we conducted a survey on the living conditions at the graduate school of 105 graduate students, mainly those with cars registered with Akarik. As a result, about a quarter of graduate students now take all classes face-to-face, giving them more opportunities to visit labs and spend more time on research. Even under such circumstances, it seems that both “online classes” and “face-to-face classes” are preferred at the same rate. In addition, more than half of the graduate students feel that they do not have enough money to cover their living expenses.
Some academic conferences are held on-site and online as a hybrid, and it is now relatively easy to travel abroad for research activities. face-to-face. Graduate students spend an extremely short period of time at university, about 2-3 years, and are highly susceptible to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. It can be said that the current situation in which construction is troubled has become clear. In addition, although a high percentage of graduate students receive support for their living expenses, many graduate students feel that it is still insufficient. While there are many independent graduate students who supplement their living expenses with part-time jobs, it seems that there is room for analysis as to the extent to which the number of part-time job openings lost due to the corona crisis has recovered.
About Akalik
Akarik supports the careers of graduate students and researchers under its corporate mission of “optimizing the distribution of knowledge.” We aim to contribute to the optimization of the “distribution of wisdom” by creating value by connecting the “wisdom” that is produced daily at graduate schools and other research institutes, which are advanced research institutes, widely to society and industry. increase. By increasing the career options of graduate students, the number of students going on to graduate school will increase, and as a result, the level of research in Japan will rise. We also aim to become an infrastructure for realizing such a world where excellent researchers are active in various places, revitalizing research and development activities in the world and continuing to generate many innovations.
Company name: Akarik Co., Ltd. (https://acaric.co.jp/)
Founded: November 2006
Representative: Ryo Yamada, President and Representative Director Location: 2nd floor, Aoyama Daiichi Tanaka Building, 2-1-5 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Capital: 115 million yen
Business: Operation of “Akariku”, a job-hunting information site for graduate students and postdocs, planning and holding of events by research field, industry, and occupation, implementation of career seminars at universities, etc., human resources for new graduate students, young researchers, and graduate school graduates
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