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Internationalization of higher education in Japan: Student perspectives on foreign language learning and study abroad

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Over the last decade in particular, Japan has attempted to diversify and internationalize its system of higher education. The establishment of Global 30, which is expected to drastically increase the numbers of international students and faculty at Japanese universities, was part of this endeavor. However, such efforts have been viewed as too narrow in scope and have recently been curtailed for financial reasons.
Although the number of international students continues to rise, that of Japanese students going abroad have continued to decline in recent years. This phenomenon has been attributed to many factors as reported by the media, including insularity of students, as well as a general disinterest in international issues.
Previous studies have considered the internationalization of university curriculum, but research on student perspectives has been notably absent. This study utilizes a mixed methods approach to shed light on the reasons behind the decrease in students going abroad, and how this impacts the development of internationalization at Japanese universities. Firstly, data from questionnaire surveys compiled from students at Japanese universities were examined to gauge student interest and motivation for studying foreign language and culture, and overseas study. Secondly, interviews were conducted with administrators and advisors in international exchange offices to gain perspective on the trends in internationalization that have taken place over the last decade.
The results from this study suggest that the lack of internationalization on campuses cannot easily be attributed to student disinterest. It is more likely that deficiencies in organizational leadership and coordination between various stakeholders have hindered the internationalization of curriculum in Japanese higher education.
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Lassegard, James. "Internationalization of higher education in Japan: Student perspectives on foreign language learning and study abroad" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Apr 30, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493227_index.html>

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Lassegard, J. P. , 2011-04-30 "Internationalization of higher education in Japan: Student perspectives on foreign language learning and study abroad" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493227_index.html

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Abstract: Over the last decade in particular, Japan has attempted to diversify and internationalize its system of higher education. The establishment of Global 30, which is expected to drastically increase the numbers of international students and faculty at Japanese universities, was part of this endeavor. However, such efforts have been viewed as too narrow in scope and have recently been curtailed for financial reasons.
Although the number of international students continues to rise, that of Japanese students going abroad have continued to decline in recent years. This phenomenon has been attributed to many factors as reported by the media, including insularity of students, as well as a general disinterest in international issues.
Previous studies have considered the internationalization of university curriculum, but research on student perspectives has been notably absent. This study utilizes a mixed methods approach to shed light on the reasons behind the decrease in students going abroad, and how this impacts the development of internationalization at Japanese universities. Firstly, data from questionnaire surveys compiled from students at Japanese universities were examined to gauge student interest and motivation for studying foreign language and culture, and overseas study. Secondly, interviews were conducted with administrators and advisors in international exchange offices to gain perspective on the trends in internationalization that have taken place over the last decade.
The results from this study suggest that the lack of internationalization on campuses cannot easily be attributed to student disinterest. It is more likely that deficiencies in organizational leadership and coordination between various stakeholders have hindered the internationalization of curriculum in Japanese higher education.


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