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| Specialized training colleges and miscellaneous schools are not regular schools, and are not defined in Article 1 of the School Education Law. Nevertheless, school establishment criteria and curriculum are stated in the same article. In other words, these colleges and schools differ from private supplementary schools run by individuals, as they are categorized as enon-regular institutional schools.f Whereas for the schools defined in Article 1 of the School Education Law, founders are confined to the State, local governments and incorporated educational institutions, specialized training college and miscellaneous schools can be established by the other entities.
The specialized training colleges are defined as having a certain scale and standard among existing miscellaneous schools. They were formalized institutionally in order to expand learning opportunities at the upper secondary education al and higher educational levels covereing broad technical skills, qualifications and liberal arts.