“Internationalising Higher Education: The Case of Japan”, a Conversation with Dr Juichi Yamagiwa

  • DATE / TIME:
    2020•01•09    18:30 - 19:30

    On 9 January 2020, UNU will host “Internationalising Higher Education: The Case of Japan” a conversation with Dr Juichi Yamagiwa, President of Kyoto University. This event will start at 18:30 in the 2F Reception Hall at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    The internationalisation of higher education has proceeded at a breakneck pace over the past few decades. From 1975 to 2017, the number of students enrolled outside their country of citizenship sextupled from 0.8 million to over 5.3 million. English speaking countries (the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia) attract over 40 per cent of these international students. Competition for international students is fierce, as they not only bring talent and diverse perspectives but also generate more (tuition) income for the university and its surrounding areas.

    Japan, comparatively, enrolls only 3 per cent of all international students globally but has made significant strides in the past three decades. Japan increased its foreign student enrollment from 6,000 in 1978 to 208,000 in 2018 through targeted efforts since the 1980s. What does the internationalisation of higher education in Japan mean for Japanese universities in general? How important is it for Japan to attract international students given its demographic and economic prospects? What strategies are being utilised to attract foreign students?

    Dr Yamagiwa will join Dr David M. Malone, UNU Rector, to share his experiences as the president of one of the most prestigious universities in Asia on the international competition for foreign students and how Japan, and more specifically, Kyoto University is approaching it.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 8 January 2020) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    For those who cannot attend, join the conversation at #UNUtalks on Twitter and Facebook.

    About the speaker

    Dr Juichi Yamagiwa is the 26th President of Kyoto University since 2014. He previously served as the Dean of the Graduate School and Faculty of Science at Kyoto University. He holds a Doctor, Master and Bachelor of Science from Kyoto University.

    Dr Yamagiwa began his career as a primatologist in 1975. He is now a renowned expert in the study of primatology and human evolution and has headed the International Primatological Society as well as the Primate Society of Japan. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Primates.

  • 2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome
    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925