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What is Inazo Nitobe

Handbook of Research on Engineering Education in a Global Context
Inazo Nitobe (1862-1933) was agricultural economist, writer, educator, diplomat, and politician. In 1877 he entered the newly founded Sapporo Agricultural College in the northern island of Hokkaido and graduated in 1881. In 1884, he went to study in the United States, first at Allegheny College in western Pennsylvania, and then at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After earning his doctorate in agricultural economics in Germany, he returned to Japan in 1891 to assume an assistant professorship at the Sapporo Agricultural College. He served as a professor of law at Kyoto Imperial University and Tokyo Imperial University, Headmaster of the First Higher School (the preparatory division for the Tokyo Imperial University), and the first president of Tokyo Women's Christian University. He was an Under-Secretary General of the League of Nations from 1919 to 1926. He was a prolific writer and exerted a powerful influence on Japanese intellectuals and students. He wrote many books in English and is most famous in the West for his work Bushido: The Soul of Japan.
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Globalization of Japanese Higher Education and the Case of Hokkaido University
Toyoharu Nawa (Hokkaido University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3395-5.ch002
Institutions of higher education all over the world are facing the pressure to internationalize their operations and academic programs, to enhance its competitiveness in an international education market. The first part of this chapter presents a review of national policy to incentivize the internationalization of higher education in Japan since 1980s. The second part introduces internalization initiatives of Hokkaido University in the last decade. Under the initiative of the president, university formulated its vision of “Hokkaido University, contributing to the resolution of global issues” in the “Future Strategy for the 150th Anniversary of Hokkaido University,” a blueprint for drastically reforming the university. In the 2014 fiscal year, a strategy to further internationalize education, “Hokkaido Universal Campus Initiative” was chosen by MEXT for the “Top Global University Project.” The author analyzes Hokkaido University's internationalization progress, focusing on the strengths and activities of major projects and the changes in the overall management.
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