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Establishment of ABEST21-QMC

On 1 July 2013, we established a new organization, ABEST21 Quality Management Consulting Corporation (ABEST21-QMC). It is a separate body from ABEST21. It was established to enhance the public interest of ABEST21 accreditation activities and to ensure sound management of ABEST21. The new corporation will support the promotion of university education innovation based on the experience and knowledge of ABEST21.

The 2nd ABEST21-QMC Seminar

On Friday, April 18, 2014, the 2nd ABEST21-QMC Seminar on “University Reform and Globalization of Higher Education” was held at Minami-Aoyama Kaikan. The Seminar started with a keynote speech by Mr. Yoshihisa Nagayama (in the picture), Deputy Director-General, MEXT, on “Globalization of University” based on abundant materials. In this speech, “a globalized university” was viewed as a university which reacts sensitively to the international social trends. The measures taken vary depending on the purpose of or methods for globalization. However, it was pointed out that globalization is required in all aspects including education system and administration. To address this requirement, self-analysis and objective analysis are needed, which means prioritizing the necessary reform items, addressing cost-effectiveness issues and at the same time keeping in mind the possible disadvantages of globalization. Mr. Nagayama also presented the data on the recent status of Japanese students studying abroad and foreign students studying in Japan, as well as the cases of Bologna Process and Erasmus Programme, and the recent MEXT projects including “Re-Inventing Japan Project”, “Top Global University Project”, and “Tobitate! Ryugaku Japan”. Special speech presented a specific case of the university aiming at globalization. Mr. Akio Omori, Vice President of Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College, whose project was selected as “MEXT Project 2012: Promotion of Fostering Global Human Resources (distinctive type)”, gave a speech on “Nurturing Global Human Resources at Community-based University”. Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College is a new and small school in the suburb, and making use of this feature the College started the “Kyoai Glocal Project” – a joint project with the local authority and local companies. The Project aims to nurture “Glocal leaders”, who will lead the next generation local society, and focuses on adjusting the educational environment to the needs of globalization.
Another special speech was given by Mr. Masaaki Tatsuki (former Vice President and former Executive Dean for Organization for the Promotion of Global Cooperation, Doshisha University) on “Doshisha Global Education Operation (Doshisha Global Triangle Scheme)”. Doshisha University was selected as a member of MEXT project “Global 30 (Network Structuring for University Globalization, 2009)” and “Promotion of Fostering Global Human Resources, 2012”. Mr. Tatsuki described how the globalization agenda of the University is embraced through the selected projects, and presented its efforts to maintain an educational environment which supports nurturing of the world-class human resources. Specifically, Doshisha University has set up seven overseas bases to attract foreign students, including in London, Hanoi, and Shanghai, and established new schools such as the Graduate School of Global Studies, which offers programs to be completed in English.

The 1st ABEST21-QMC Seminar

On Thursday, December 5, 2013 at Minami Aoyama Kaikan, the 1st ABEST21-QMC Seminar was held with the theme “University Reform in Urgent Need: How to Enhance Educational Ability”. Keynote speech was given by Mr. Takafumi Goda (ABEST21-QMC Advisor, former Director-General, Lifelong Learning Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology). He referred to the essence of ideal reform and mentioned that in the past there have been two opportunities for university reform, and now is the third opportunity. Then special speech was given by President Atsushi Hamana (Kansai University of International Studies) on “Direction of University Reform and Assessment”, discussing the practice of active learning. Another special speech was given by President Hiroyuki Sumiyoshi (Matsumoto University) on creating a university as a “Regional (intellectual) Hub” based on induction approach. Both speeches introduced new methods for university reform aiming at enhancement of educational ability.