May 14, 2014
JICA-RI’s research project, entitled “Analysis of Cross-Border Higher Education for Regional Integration and Labor Market in East Asia,” conducted an intensive survey on the direction of regional cooperation and integration in the field of higher education. It targeted 300 leading universities in East Asia. The study suggests the need of policy and measures to promote construction of a new East Asian higher education framework and cross-border dual or joint degree programs.
A new book entitled Emerging International Dimension in East Asian Higher Education, released by Springer in April 2014, includes a chapter based on the findings of the above-mentioned research project. The chapter is co-authored by Visiting Fellow Kazuo Kuroda (Professor of Waseda University), JICA Senior Research Fellow Takako Yuki, and former Research Assistant Kyuwon Kang.
The volume highlights the role and value of higher education as “public goods.” Based on case studies of Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia, it analyzes the regional characteristics as well as the international trends, examining the differences and similarities in higher education of each region. The three JICA-RI researchers contribute to the fourth chapter entitled “The Institutional Prospects of Cross-Border Higher Education for East Asian Regional Integration: An Analysis of the JICA Survey of Leading Universities in East Asia.”