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YONEZAWA Akiyoshi “Universities in Japan and the World”

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1. Lecture Subject Special Topics on Global Issues

2. Lecture Title Universities in Japan and the World
3. Number of Credits 2
4. Eligible Years Undergraduate
5. Instructor YONEZAWA Akiyoshi
6. Term/Day/Period First Semester/ Monday/ Second Period (10:30~12:00)
7. Language of Instruction English
8. Class Outline, Objectives This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of the global context of universities in Japan and around the world. Universities and higher education play an essential role in contemporary knowledge-based societies. At the same time, the characteristics of contemporary universities are inevitably linked to their historical contexts, to issues of access and equity, and to mobility in terms of brain gain/drain and brain circulation. This course will cover the following topics: (1) historical origins and current trends in higher education, (2) access, equity, and funding in higher education, (3) the knowledge economy and higher education, and (4) international dimensions of higher education.
9. Class Schedule This course includes instruction and discussion, as well as individual or group presentations (depending on the number of students). Students are expected to complete the reading assignments prior to class and to be prepared to express original comments and thoughts. They will also be asked to make presentations based on assigned topics.

1) April 8
Overview of the class. Setting themes and topics.
2) April 15
Historical origins and current trends in higher education (1)
Ancient / Medieval Europe
Modern Higher Education and the Nation State: France, Germany & Great Britain
3) April 22
Historical Origins and Contemporary Trends in Higher Education (2)
Modern Higher Education and the Nation State: USA, Japan & China
4) May 2
Historical Origins and Current Trends in Higher Education (3)
Asia-Pacific Region
5) May 13
Historical Origins and Contemporary Trends in Higher Education (4)
Latin America and Africa
6) May 20
Interim Presentation (1)
Select a university or higher education system and discuss its unique characteristics
7) May 27
Access, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education
8) June 3
Funding: public and private/grants and loans
9) June 10
Knowledge Economy and Higher Education (1)
Role of universities in knowledge creation and social impact
Research, development and innovation
10) June 17
Knowledge Economy and Higher Education (2)
Brain drain, brain gain, brain circulation
11) June 24
Knowledge Economy and Higher Education (3)
Higher education and trade
Internationalization of Higher Education
12) July 1
Interim presentation (2)
Select a university or higher education system and identify its challenges
13) July 8
New trends in the international dimension of higher education (1)
Assessing Higher Education Performance
Accreditation, Ranking, Classification
14) July 22
New trends in the international dimension of higher education (2)
International exchange and cooperation
15) July 29
Final Presentation
Select a university or higher education system and develop a reform plan
16) August 5th
Writing the Final Report
10. Evaluation/Assignments Assessment will be made as follows:
In-class contribution 30%, presentation 30%, final report 40%
11. Textbooks
12. Out of Class Study Students are expected to do research and reading before class and to express original comments and thoughts in class. They will also be required to make presentations based on assigned topics. The hours required for this independent study will be nearly equal to the hours required for class attendance. Active discussion is strongly encouraged throughout the course. Thus, the hours for independent study will include time for preparation and rehearsal of presentations, questions, and comments.
13. Notes on Enrolling This course can be taken in person or online. For online participation, please access the following zoom link.

https://zoom.us/j/94797065407
14. Syllabus URL Universities in Japan and the World (TBA)
15. ICL Enrollment Limit 10
16. Language Requirements Classes are instructed in English.
17. Frequency of Intercultural Collaborative Learning Activities 100%
18. Other (Notes for ICL Enrollees) None
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