Some National Projects for Internationalization of Universities in Japan

Abstract

During the last decade, the Japanese government has operated various programs to increase the number of international students coming to the country up to 300,000, as declared in 2008 by then Prime Minister Fukuda. Some representative national projects include Global 30 or G30 project, Re-inventing Japan project, and Top Global University Project, all of which are aimed at making the universities in Japan more attractive place for international students pursuing higher degrees. At the same time, through these projects the participating Japanese universities have strengthened the tie with their oversea partner universities and developed a number of joint activities through e.g. Campus Asia Project with China and Korea, where student mobility is embedded as an essential element of the curriculum. Some of these collaborative actions have developed to university consortium and ended up with the joint- or double-degree programs. The presentation provides some overview of good practice in such projects.