【Report】 In September 2011: Participation in the 23rd annual meeting of EAIE

明治大学  / Meiji University RIIE

Presentation by Prof. Ashizawa (Meiji U.)Presentation by Prof. Ashizawa (Meiji U.)

Presentation by Prof. Ota (Hitotsubashi U.)Presentation by Prof. Ota (Hitotsubashi U.)

Prof. Ashizawa, Prof. Deardorff (Duke U./AIEA), and Ms. Gaalen (Nuffic)Prof. Ashizawa, Prof. Deardorff (Duke U./AIEA), and Ms. Gaalen (Nuffic)

After the panel presentationAfter the panel presentation

 From September 13 to 16, 2011, Prof. Shingo Ashizawa and the author participated in the 23rd annual meeting of European Association of International Education (EAIE) held in Copenhagen, Denmark as representatives of Meiji University’s Research Institute of International Education (RIIE). Also attending the meeting were visiting researchers of RIIE Prof. Hiroshi Ota (Hitotsubashi University), Prof. Miki Horie (Ritsumeikan University), Prof. Yuki Watabe (Kyoto University), and Dr. Kim Soung Hee (National Institution for Academic Degrees), and research collaborators Dr. Darla K. Deardorff (Association of International Education Administrators [AIEA]) and Dr. Adinda van Gaalen (Nuffic). We discussed several topics including: European trends in international education; studies on learning outcome assessment for international educational programs and on organizational evaluation in furthering internationalization; and arrangements for future conference presentations. Additionally, Meiji University’s RIIE, which was established in September 2011 and adopted by the G30, set up a booth to facilitate networking with participants both in and out of the Japan as a part of internationalization strategy.

 In the afternoon of 15th, Dr. Adinda van Gaalen of Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (Nuffic) facilitated a discussion that included Prof. Ashizawa, Prof. Ota, Prof. Watabe, and Dr. Kim. The main topic of discussion centered on Nuffic’s approaches on university evaluation in internationalization of the Netherlands. Participants also exchanged opinions about the present utility of such a system in Japan. Nuffic was established in 1952 as an independent agency of the government and administers scholarship programs, conducts verification of degree acquired in foreign countries, and provides information on studying abroad. Moreover, Nuffic contributes to the development of internationalization of the Netherland’s higher education through offering opportunities for higher education institutions, which have relationships with the Netherlands and provides an information service related to these institutions and training opportunities. The discussion’s main purpose was to investigate which aspects of the Netherlands’ cases are applicable to Japan, a country which is still at the early stage of the organizational evaluation in internationalization. Dr. Van Gaalen explained Mapping Internationalization (MINT), an online self-evaluation tool, and Indicators for Mapping and Profiling Internationalization (IMPI), an index formulation project about internationalization.

 In the afternoon of 16th, Prof. Ashizawa, Prof. Ota, Dr. Deardorff and Dr. Van Gaalen participated in a panel discussion. The panelists introduced the trends for the need in “global personnel training” and the role of higher education in Japanese society; additionally, recent case studies concerning the appraisal methods utilized in the Netherlands and the United States were highlighted. During the Q&A session, Mr. Mizuhata of the Higher Education Bureau, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology introduced the “Re-Inventing Japan Project” the Japanese government’s most recent approach to stimulate university internationalization. The panel was fruitful for a diverse audience of 50 interested European colleagues.



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