Ian Robert Gibson
   Department   Kyoto University of Foreign Studies  Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies
   Position   Professor
Language Japanese
Publication Date 2010
Type Academic Paper
Peer Review Peer reviewed
Title The ‘Global 30’ Project and Japanese Higher Education Reform: An Example of a ‘Closing in’ or an ‘Opening up’?
Contribution Type Multiple author(s)
Journal Globalisation、Societies and Education. London: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Journal TypeAnother Country
Publisher Routledge
Volume, Issue, Page 8(4),pp.461-467
Author and coauthor Burgess、Gibson, Klaphake and Selzer
Details The Global 30 Project, a new Japanese Government initiative that aims to upgrade a number of existing universities to form a select hub of elite universities for receiving and educating international students, has come in for considerable criticism. Using the dual concepts of kokusaika (internationalisation) and gurōbaruka (globalisation), this paper highlights the contradictory goals in a policy that combines a nationalistic 'closing in' with a cosmopolitan 'opening up'. The problems apparent in Japan's most recent attempt to reform higher education are argued to be the latest manifestation of a historical push and pull that can be traced back to the sakoku (closed-country) policy of isolation operated during the Edo period.