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The 'Big Bang' in Japanese Higher Education: 2004 Reforms and the Dynamics of Change
     

The 'Big Bang' in Japanese Higher Education: 2004 Reforms and the Dynamics of Change

by J.S. Eades (Editor), Roger Goodman (Editor), Yumiko Hada (Editor)
 
On April 1, 2004, Japanese higher education experienced a 'big bang'-a set of reforms that have been described as the most significant institutional changes for over a century. One of the main aims is to make Japanese universities more competitive internationally, by eliminating the differences between national, public and private schools, and by giving them greater

Overview

On April 1, 2004, Japanese higher education experienced a 'big bang'-a set of reforms that have been described as the most significant institutional changes for over a century. One of the main aims is to make Japanese universities more competitive internationally, by eliminating the differences between national, public and private schools, and by giving them greater autonomy from the state in day-to-day administration and decision-making. At the same time, these institutions are facing an increasing demographic crisis, as they compete for a declining number of potential students, thanks to the falling Japanese birthrate. This book examines these changes from a variety of perspectives, including those of the government, the teachers and the students. Issues examined include the history of Japanese universities, their relation with the state, university management, internationalization, the struggle to attract students, the problems of language teaching, the impact of information technology, and efforts to upgrade the level of research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781876843236
Publisher:
Trans Pacific Press
Publication date:
06/30/2005
Series:
Japanese Society Series
Pages:
337
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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