The Japanese government's Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programs have sent officials to graduate and professional schools in Japan and abroad. This research examines the destination choice patterns of CPE participants and the reasons they choose Japanese or U.S. universities. Interviews with CPE participants suggested that U.S. schools attracted Japanese government officials by offering a wider range of courses emphasizing the integration of theory and practice. Boshier's motivational orientation model was applied to better understand CPE motivations and reasons. Notably, no participant identified "social welfare" as an important motivator, but "employment benefit" and "upgrading personal market value" factors emerged.
- continuing professional education
- government officials
- reasons or motivations
- study destinations
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Public Administration