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August 20, 2013

Internationalisation of Japan's higher education system

abe-shinzo.jpgA couple of recent articles from The PIE (Professionals in International Education) News about government reforms and initiatives aimed at helping young Japanese play a greater role on the international stage.

Internationalisation key to Japan’s Abeducation
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide victory in last month’s general election has confirmed that plans to internationalise the country’s higher education system will go forward.

Around £284 million (¥43.2 billion) has been allocated toward initiatives in “five pillars” outlined by Education Minister Hakubun Shimomura in June including increasing inbound and outbound mobility, improving universities’ ranking status and boosting academic collaborations.

“Without strengthening universities, we cannot expect further growth, so all Japanese universities should transform themselves into world universities,” said Shimomura.

Doubling the amount of Japanese students overseas to 120,000 is central to plans, boosted by greater financial support from the government.

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Internationalisation key to Japan’s Abeducation

Japan’s Global ACE gives youth global work experience
The Japanese government has launched a programme that will support young people to travel abroad to undertake internships, volunteering, working holidays or overseas language training from this summer.

Commissioned by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) and implemented by the Japan Association of Overseas Studies (JAOS), the Global Action for Careers and Employability (Global ACE) aims to boost the employability and vocational skills of under-35s.

Initially 400 students will go abroad supported by career counsellors who will help them identify key skills they will need to be competitive in the job market.

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Japan’s Global ACE gives youth global work experience

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