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Barriers to Internationalization for Japanese Universities? Or not…

Universities debate barriers to internationalisation – University World News.


‎”Many Japanese people prefer the current cycle, with no downtime between high school and college graduation before they start working”.

I find this argument difficult to accept. How can “many people” prefer one system, if they have never tried the other. Having a few months of “downtime” between graduation and working can be an important time for reflection and self discovery for young people. Don’t knock it before you’ve tried it.

“The hiring schedule of university graduates at traditional Japanese companies will need to become more flexible than the current rigid system, which hires employees only in April, to accommodate varying university graduation dates; otherwise, some students might be disadvantaged”.

True, some students may be disadvantaged if the semester systems were mixed. It is somewhat disheartening to consider the fact that “traditional hiring practices” in the business sector in Japan may be acting as a hindrance to reform and not the driving force behind forward looking innovative changes that it should be.

This article of otherwise very relevant arguments does absolutely however bring to light the complex and multifaceted challenges that are facing Japan, as it embarks on its goal of becoming an “international” nation.

Sheri Love Yasue



The Decline of Overseas University Branch Campuses

Universities open campuses in foreign countries, with mixed results.


An article recently published in University Affairs, an online news source for Higher Education in Canada, has reported that overseas branch campuses may no longer seen as the once believed answer to obtaining an “international education” without leaving home.  Branch campuses enable students to have a coveted “study abroad” experience, obtain a high quality education and graduate with a globally respected and recognized degree or certificate from a Canadian institution, without ever having set foot in Canada.   A less expensive option, to be sure, especially for students from low income households.   It does make sense in many ways, but the idea is not without flaws.  

Whether it is the University of Calgary in Qatar, York University in India or the University of Waterloo in Dubai, there are some common problems that seem to affect all branch campuses including the lenghth of time required to set up shop on foreign soil, facing tough competition from the US, UK and Australia, as well as high running costs.  The main problem and biggest challenge, according to UA, however is low enrollment.  Any university needs students to run.  The Universoty of Waterloo, for example, is reportedly closing its Dubai campus in late 2013 for just this very reason.  

So what does it all mean?    The histories and reputations of universities and colleges in Canada take years, not to mention thousands of graduates and  ample marketing funds, to cultivate.  What works for one country, especially the “home” country, may not work abroad.    Perhaps it is simply that  education, unlike some businesses, requires the participation of the whole community to be successful.  Perhaps international students, who come to our shores to obtain degrees, are simply coming for so much more than a peice of paper.  Experiencing our society, meeting our people and frequenting our businesses and learning to understand Canada and Canadians should really count for something in this day and age.   I do believe that this is one of the mains points of promoting internationalization, loosening borders and encouraging our young people to become global citizens.  Study abroad may not be the only way to achieve these goals, but it surely must be the easiest.

Sheri Love-Yasue

Field report: Ukrainians consider a wider variety of study destinations=Good for Canada

Field report: Ukrainians consider a wider variety of study destinations | ICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitmentICEF Monitor – Market intelligence for international student recruitment.

‎”Recruitment agents in the Ukraine report that the UK – previously unchallenged as a destination for Ukrainians – has lost much of its appeal due to the new visa restrictions on work after graduation. Conversely, Canada’s comparatively generous work and settlement scheme for graduates has caused a dramatic rise in applications for this destination. These observations corroborate the findings of the most recent ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer, which illustrate that Canada’s popularity is rising around the world.”

Again, international students are showing the desire to not only obtain a high quality education abroad, but also to gain the right to work, up to 3 years in Canada, after completion of post secondary education.
After injecting sometimes upwards of tens of thousands of dollars into our local economy, it only seems fair to allow students a chance to earn some of it back. Not to mention going home with actual work experience in their field.

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