Handbook of Higher Education in Japan
Handbook of Higher Education in Japan
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1. Universities in Modern Japan: A Historical Outline - Mito Takamichi
2. From Showa to Heisei: The Formation of Japan’s Contemporary Higher Education System - Jeremy Breaden
3. The Heisei Period: Plus Ça Change? - Jeremy Breaden
4. National Universities: Autonomy in Their Governance; Ideology and Practice - Kawano Mako & Gregory Poole
5. Public Universities: Prefectural, Local Higher Education - Bruce Stronach
6. Private Universities: Diverse and Adaptable - Jeremy Breaden & Roger Goodman
7. Foreign Universities in Japan: Opportunities Taken and Missed - Andrew Horvat
8. The Financing of Higher Education in Japan - Fukui Fumitake
9. Undergraduate Admissions: Shifting Trends - Ishikura Yukiko
10. The Hensachi: Its Dominant Role in University Rankings - Roger Goodman and Chinami Oka
11. Self-Assessment: How Japanese University Students Assess Their Learning Outcomes - Yamada Reiko
12. Policies for Hosting International Students: Issues for the Post-300,000 International Students Plan Era - Ota Hiroshi
13. Regional Cooperation in East Asia: Shifting Realities - Christopher D. Hammond & Ashizawa Shingo
14. International Students: Inbound Mobility at “Elite” and “Mass” Universities - Shimauchi Sae
15. Academic Support and Advising: Historical and Contemporary Issues - Shimada Norihisa
16. Women’s Universities in Japan: Life Choices - Shima Sonoko
17. Junior Female Academics: Experiences and Challenges - Kim Yangson & Sato Machi
18. Women of Color Leading in Japanese Higher Education - Jennifer Yphantides
19. International Faculty: Increasing Mobility - Thomas Brotherhood
20. Research Universities: Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy - Fukui Fumitake
21. Liberal Arts Education: The Japanese Way - Morita Norimasa
22. The English Language in Japan: A Historical Overview 1809-2020 - James C. House
23. Languages Other Than English: Mysterious Eclipse - Francisco Naranjo-Escobar
24. Critical English Curriculum Enactment: A Policy Planning Perspective - Robert M. Higgins
25. The Dawn of Reiwa: Waves, Revolutions and an “AI Society” - Ian H. Frank & Malcolm H. Field

Paul Snowden (ed.)

Handbook of Higher Education in Japan

Just as higher education (HE) in Europe had its beginnings in religious training for the priesthood, HE in feudal Japan, too, provided instruction for a religious life. But while the evolution to secular instruction was gradual in Europe, in Japan it came with a big bang: the "opening" of the country and consequent Westernization and all that that involved in the mid-19th century.

This first volume in the new Japan Documents Handbook series tells the story in 25 chapters of how Japan’s HE system has become what it is now, ending with a very tentative glimpse into the rest of the 21st century. A variety of themes are covered by scholars: chapters that concentrate on governance look at the distinction between "national," "public," and "private" institutions; others consider important topics such as internationalization, student recruitment, and faculty mobility. More innovative topics include "Women of Color Leading in Japanese Higher Education." All provide copious references to other authorities, but rather than just toe the conventional line they include opinions and proposals that may be contentious or even revolutionary. The editor provides an overview of the subject and its treatment in an Introduction.

Paul Snowden

Paul Snowden studied Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, Cambridge. Apart from the first five years of his career, he has lived and worked in Japan as a university teacher and administrator, and author or editor of numerous dictionaries, textbooks, and other Japan- related works. He worked longest (30 years) at Waseda University, where he served two terms as Dean of the School of International Liberal Studies—the first foreign national to hold such a post at that university—and has been Emeritus Professor since 2014. His most recent post was Vice-President of Kyorin University. Having retired in 2020, he now acts as a director for the Japan campus of Lakeland University, Wisconsin.