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The Implications of Globalized and Open Higher Education for Japan and U.S. Universities


Leader Toru Iiyoshi (Kyoto University, Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education)
Researcher Randall Bass(Georgetown University, Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship)
Term June 2013 – March 2014
Research Outline

 Over the past decade, the movement of opening up higher education through the innovative educational use of the Internet such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and OpenCourseWare (OCW) has been advancing around the world. As the higher education systems and the global labor market are being more globalized, it is becoming increasingly critical and urgent for us to build new higher education systems that are able to flexibly respond to the rapidly changing social needs, as well as to explore how universities ought to keep the balance between international collaboration and competition and contribute to both the local and global societies through education and human resource development.
 This research project investigates how the universities in Japan, the U.S., and other countries should deal with these challenges from what perspectives, in relation with “free trade” in globalized higher education and how to share and accumulate educational resources and knowledge of practice, by means of reviewing and examining some of the ongoing practical and empirical efforts. The outcomes of this research will inform possible directions for higher education leaders and policy makers.

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