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30/06/2005
5.25 x 8.25
9781876843236

The Big Bang' in Japanese Higher Education

The 2004 Reforms and the Dynamics of Change
by EADES J.S.
Japanese Society Series
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...

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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.

About Authors

J.S. Eades is Professor of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Media Resource Center, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, and Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Anthropology at the University of Kent. He obtained a PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge University in 1975, and his career has seen him hold academic positions in Nigeria, the UK and Japan. His research interests include urban anthropology and sociology, migration and ethnicity and the sociology and anthropology of tourism.

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