Goals, Strategies, and Achievements in the Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan and Taiwan

  •  Hsuan-Fu Ho    
  •  Ming-Huang Lin    
  •  Cheng-Cheng Yang    


International knowledge and skills are essential for success in today’s highly competitive global marketplace. As one of the key providers of such knowledge and skills, universities have become a key focus of the internationalization strategies of governments throughout the world. While the internationalization of higher education clearly has certain benefits for students, schools, the national economy, and the international community, each country gives a different degree of importance to each of these various benefits. The purpose of this study was threefold: 1) to determine which benefits of the internationalization of education are deemed most important in Taiwan and Japan; 2) to determine which measures are most effective for realizing these benefits; and 3) to determine the extent to which these measures have actually been carried out. A questionnaire was used to obtain the views of 100 professors, 50 in Taiwan and 50 in Japan, as to the current situation in their respective countries. The results indicate that there are significant differences between the two country’s reasons for promoting the internationalization of education, as well as in their respective internationalization strategies.

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