Management of internationalization in japanese universities: Towards the development of collaborative relationship between academic and administrative staff

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    Abstract

    This study investigates the national policy and institutional initiatives in Japan for improving university management from the viewpoint of internationalization. Special focus is given to the organizational notion of collaborative relationships between academic and administrative units, which is described as kyōshoku kyōdō in the context of Japanese higher education institutions. Through an examination of policy reports on university management and the design of the latest governmental project for university internationalization, called “Top Global University,” two arguments will be considered: First, capacity development of an organization, rather than that of individual university staff, is necessary for organizational change toward better management of internationalization. Second, deep deliberation on the meaning of kyōshoku kyōdō is needed in individual institutions to fully internalize the concept within their own contexts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)39-62
    Number of pages24
    JournalHigher Education Forum
    Volume15
    Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar

    Keywords

    • Academic and administrative staff
    • Inter-unit communication
    • Internationalization of higher education
    • Top global university project
    • University management

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education

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