Inter- and intra-regional dynamics on the idea of universities in East Asia: perspectives from Japan

Akiyoshi Yonezawa, Akinari Hoshino, Sae Shimauchi

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Abstract

The authors analyze the profile and dynamism of the Japanese higher education system in comparison with the higher education systems of other East Asian countries, with special reference to East–West hybrid patterns. The authors reflect on the development and transformation of Japanese higher education, especially its interaction with neighboring higher education systems. The authors argue that the stress of competition and hierarchical recognition in regional higher education settings at the macro level may impede active interaction among various Asian higher education systems and institutions. At the institutional level, however, the linkage and interaction between Japanese universities and other Asian universities have been strengthened and deepened. Now, these institutional initiatives are resulting in the convergence of the Japanese higher education with regional higher education systems in terms of institutional values and identities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1839-1852
Number of pages14
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume42
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Oct 3

Keywords

  • East Asia
  • globalization
  • higher education
  • internationalization
  • Japan
  • regional identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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