The Changing Face of Higher Education in Japan
Demographic shifts in Japan are causing a profound shift in the nature of higher education here. Dropping numbers of potential students, coupled with an expanding higher education system, leave many universities scrambling to stay solvent and under pressure to modify academic standards for entrance and graduation. While this means that more young people than ever before are being given the chance to attend university, it also means that more of these young people are entirely unprepared, academically or socially, for success at university. This presentation will describe these present and future trends and discuss implications for institutions and professionals working in both higher and secondary education in this country.
David Laurence is Associate Professor at Chubu University's Department of English Language and Culture. He has been teaching in Japan for more than 20 years, at universities for the past 10. His research is focused on issues of transition between secondary and higher education in the Japanese context