One of the missions of higher education institutions is to nurture students so that they can succeed in global society. Recently, as seen through various concepts of global competency, it has become possible to define and measure those aptitudes that are vital for success on the global stage. Moreover, it has become imperative for universities to develop various educational programs in order to create globally competent graduates, including programs that encourage students to go abroad.

  In Japan, MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) has launched a series of incentive projects to promote an international strategic approach at universities around the country. One of the most significant projects is Global 30 (known as G-30), which was launched in 2009. The G-30 plays an integral role in helping to achieve the goal of attracting 300,000 international students to Japan by the year 2020. Meiji University was one of 13 institutions selected to be a core institution for G-30 projects.

  By way of such government policy, Japanese higher education institutions are being expected to develop a more strategic approach towards internationalization of their campuses. Also, universities are required to be accountable for quality assurance. Thus, program-based evaluation is becoming a key topic for international educators in Japan. With this backdrop, in 2011 we launched the Research Institute of International Education (RIIE), to conduct studies on international education and to contribute toward the creation of future global leaders.



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