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Eva Liias: Olympic Games in Higher Education – Japanese Responses to Internationalization of Universities

April 29, 2021 - 11:00-13:00

Date: Thursday, 29 April 2021

Time: 11:00-13.00 (CET)/12:00-14:00 (Helsinki, EET)

During the last two decades university rankings dominate in media headlines, they have an impact on how students choose their universities, and they even shape developments at universities. International rankings, sometimes also referred to as the Olympic games in higher education (HE), are a driver for universities (and governments) to question their reputation, standards, and quality. Japanese universities, being argued of having Western roots in their institutions, are well-known in Asia and a view on Japanese (governmental) HE policy reveals that internationalization is one of the most important aims for the whole HE sector. However, an in-depth analysis reveals the gap between policy aims and policy implementation. In this presentation I examine the discrepancy between internationalization and de-internationalization at Japanese universities. Furthermore, the presentation aims to spark a discussion on the connectedness between HE/universities and the labor market.

Eva Liias is currently affiliated with the University of Tartu. She is the coordinator of Japan at the Asia Centre and program director for the MA Contemporary Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Her background are Japanese studies, Chinese studies and linguistics at the University of Tübingen and she defended her dissertation in Japanese studies at the Free University in Berlin. During the studies she has also been doing research in Japan – Sophia University and Tokyo University. Prior to starting a PhD she worked in China at the Qingdao University of Science and Technology, where she started to get interested in the topic of higher education in Asia (and Europe), internationalization and EU-Asia relations.

To receive a Zoom invitation for the event, please contact Dr. Kamila Szczepanska (kamila.szczepanska@utu.fi)

Eva Liias: Olympic Games in Higher Education – Japanese Responses to Internationalization of Universities


April 29, 2021


Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Turku, Finland.