Higher Education Research in Japan: Seeking a Connection with the International Academic Community

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This study examines the historical, current, and future challenges of higher education research in Japan within a global context and discusses future perspectives. Japanese higher education research has been strongly influenced by the international academic community. At the same time, higher education researchers in Japan have participated in international projects, and Japan has served as a leader for economic and academic research in East Asia. However, the language barrier and the early development of higher education as a clearly identifiable topic of research have contributed to Japanese higher education research’s rather unique characteristics. Currently, this area of research is undergoing rapid expansion through the participation of emerging professionals, such as institutional researchers and faculty/staff developers. In addition, the internationalization of the academic community is having both a progressive and a retrogressive impact on higher education research in Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigher Education in Asia
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHigher Education in Asia
ISSN (Print)2365-6352
ISSN (Electronic)2365-6360


  • Academic communities
  • Comparative education
  • Higher education research
  • Internationalization
  • Japan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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