Education Sub-Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Interim Report for the Education Task Force (ETF) was given, and related parties made arrangements with the aim of presenting the final report to the respective heads of the US and Japanese governments.
CULCON and Waseda University’s Joint Symposium “US-Japan Relationship and Expanding Educational Exchanges: Toward Doubling US and Japanese Exchange Students”
Masaru Ibuka Auditorium, International Conference Hall, Waseda University
9:30-17:10, May 17, 2013 (Friday)
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and CULCON
Education Committee, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Keidanren, US Consulate in Japan, USJI
CULCON held a symposium with Waseda University on the issue of doubling US and Japanese exchange.
Program content and objectives:
The US-Japan Alliance, which has matured politically, economically, socially for the 60 years since World War II, will be important for both countries in the future, and is also crucial for the stable development of the world, and the Asia-Pacific region in particular. At the same time, while the number of exchange students from the US to Japan is on the rise in higher education, the absolute number is low, and the number of Japanese students studying in the US has been declining every year. This raises concerns about the slowing pace of exchanges between the two countries. With the aim of examining the causes behind this decline and consider specific countermeasures, this symposium was held as a place to share a common perspective of the issues and problems facing exchanges, including US and Japanese students studying in each other’s country, and discuss mechanisms and collaborative approaches among stakeholders (government, universities, and economic circles) to implement the specific recommendations. This discussion was based on the interim report based on the recommendations made at the joint meeting of CULCON’s Education Task Force in January of this year.