7 September 2019

Are junior international faculty being used as a fig leaf?

CGHE’s Thomas Brotherhood joins co-authors in University World News article on the pressures facing junior international academics in Japan.

Though the rise of nativist populism and anti-globalist sentiment is evident across much of the developed world, within the global landscape of higher education internationalisation remains a shared ideal. Indeed, despite challenges elsewhere in the political arena, governments in many countries remain committed to the internationalisation of their universities.

However, as recent articles in this publication have argued, there are growing tensions within the internationalisation ideal, particularly concerning its relationship with the neoliberal agenda and its implications for global equality.

Faltering internationalisation in Japan

Universities in Japan reveal some of the policy and practical tensions that are implicated in the growing unrest around internationalisation. Japan has implemented a number of large-scale and widely publicised internationalisation policies, beginning in earnest in the 1980s. However, while signs of success are evident in quantitative terms, Japanese higher education remains one of the most inward-looking university systems in the world.

Head to University World News to read the complete article.