In June, policy makers and researchers of higher education in both Japan and the UK had the opportunity to exchange information and opinions while presenting ideas for further promoting a more competitive and creative environment in higher education.
On June 7, the Japan-UK Higher Education Collaboration Project held a forum in Tokyo. In attendance were representatives of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Universities UK (UUK), the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, the Department for Education and Skills (DFES), the British Council and their Japanese counterparts.
Representative leaders of Japan and the UK delivered lectures. Sir Howard Newby, Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, gave a lecture on "New Challenges for Higher Education Leaders and Policy Makers" while Professor Motoyuki Ono, President of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) spoke about "National University Reform & President's Leadership".
In Sir Howard Newby's presentation, he introduced the UK higher education system and its challenges and opportunities, as well as implications of the market for higher education in England. Japanese representative Professor Ono gave a presentation on the need for university reform in Japan, the corporate system of Japanese national universities which changed from national to independent status in April, and objectives, advantages and responsibilities to both government and universities. During the forum, a panel discussion was also held entitled "Leadership and Management of the University Chair".
|Presentation by Ewart Wooldridge, Chief Executive of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education
On the following day, the participants moved to Hakone, one of Japan's popular travel destinations, where the Japan-UK Higher Education Joint Committee was held. The representatives of the two countries discussed following themes:
1) Development of leadership in higher education and seeking the possibility for Japan-UK collaboration
2) Study of long-term strategy and future perspectives on higher education in Japan and the UK
3) Preparation for a study visit from Japan to the UK
4) Study for the outcome of the Japan-UK collaboration on higher education and how to be supported by each party.
That afternoon Sir David Watson (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton) made a presentation along with Professor Fujio Omori (formerly of MEXT and now of the University of Kumamoto), on Japan and the UK's experience of "incorporation". They concluded that they each had a lot to learn from the other.