Internationalisation of higher education

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has launched the Global 30 Project to establish and support core universities for internationalisation. In this framework, thirteen universities were selected in 2009 to play a major role in increasing the number of international students enrolled in Japan and of Japanese students studying abroad.*

The new growth strategy of the Japanese government highlights the importance of the internationalisation of Japan's higher education system and the availability of internationally trained staff. The government aims to attract 300 000 international students to Japan and send 300 000 Japanese students abroad by 2020. Furthermore, foreign language training, collaborative education and the mutual recognition of credits with foreign universities shall be enhanced.

In support of the new growth strategy, an advisory council appointed by the Ministry of Education developed the Guidelines for Building Organized Continuous Cooperation Including Double and Joint Degree Programs which aim to promote structured cooperation between foreign and Japanese universities including double and joint degree programmes and to help improving the quality of these programmes.

* Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), JUMP (Global 30)


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