Curriculum to Promote Employability for Japan-bound International Students


International graduates’ employment is increasingly becoming a concern in terms of both attracting international students to Japanese higher education and supporting labor market changes and economic development in Japan. However, there has been very little concrete information made explicit on the subsequent employability of international graduates even today, with few opportunities to share it with audience outside Japan. The panel presents on the employment situation of international graduates, the challenges and experiences of transition from traditional approach in higher education to the world of work along with employers’ views on hiring and working with international graduates. Two example cases (one from an institution in Thailand and the other in Japan) that had gone through the transition will be provided in this panel. Both provide an international curriculum to promote graduates’ employability in Japan. All three presenters will explore social economic and cultural factors that affect (facilitating and/or interfering) the employment of international graduates. The panel also explores the relevance and validity of the skills gained in the specially designed curriculum for the business world as perceived by international graduates as well as their future employers.